Plans unveiled for new recycling plant
Plans have been unveiled for a new £20m recycling plant in Inverness.
It is understood that the development at Inverness Harbour will employ 30 permanent skilled workers and create more jobs during construction.
The facility could reduce the amount of rubbish produced in the Highlands that presently goes into landfill by turning it into biomass fuel.
The plans for the new facility will be strictly regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
The plant will use a system called auto-claving.
Although used for more than a century as a method of sterilising equipment, it has now been adapted for use in the waste recycling industry.
Jon Garvey, from developers Shore Energy said one of the major benefits would be a reduction in the number of HGVs currently travelling on the A9 and A96, removing the waste from the Highlands to landfill sites in the central belt and Aberdeenshire.
He said: "We plan to move much of the recycled material and biomass fibre via ship from the harbour and this could reduce the heavy goods traffic on the A9 and A96 in and out of Inverness by as much as 840,000 HGV miles each year."
Chief executive of Inverness Harbour Trust Murdo Macleod welcomed the plans by Shore Energy.
He said: "We believe this development would be good news for everybody.
"It would be good news for the environment because our waste could be used to create bio-fuels and it would be good news for the Highlands, with the reduction in HGV traffic.
"It would also be very good news for the harbour as the biomass fibre and recyclable material would be taken elsewhere through the port, by ship."
Highland Council and local businesses must reduce the amount of material they send to landfill to meet targets under the Scottish government's zero waste plan.
Landfill produces methane which is one of the most aggressive greenhouse gases.