Urbaser Balfour Beatty welcomes the decision by Essex County Council planning committee

July 27, 2012

Much more rubbish thrown away by Essex and Southend residents will be recycled after a new waste treatment facility in Basildon was given the go ahead. Members of Essex County Council’s Development & Regulation Committee voted in favour of recommending approval for the application by Urbaser Balfour Beatty earlier today. Urbaser Balfour Beatty will now be working with Essex County Council to finalise the legal agreement, after which the planning permission can be issued.

The Mechanical Biological Treatment facility to be built at Courtauld Road, Basildon includes proposals for a state-of-the-art visitor and education centre. The facility will treat all the black bag rubbish thrown away by householders in Essex and Southend, recovering materials for recycling and reducing our reliance on landfill. The facility will compliment the recycling and composting collection systems in place around the county and will provide the final step towards sustainable management of the rubbish generated by households.

The project will provide a boost to the local economy through the provision of construction-related jobs and a range of full-time employment opportunities once operational. Apprentices and students will also benefit as part of Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s commitment to serving the local community.

Project Director, Tom Meacock, commented on the announcement, “We are delighted with Essex County Council’s decision to approve this new facility. Importantly, we would like to thank all of the local residents and businesses who attended the two public exhibitions we held in January and March 2012 as part of our pre-planning consultation. We will continue to work closely with local residents, businesses and the Essex Waste Partnership to ensure our facility delivers real benefit for the community.”

Urbaser Balfour Beatty is committed to maintaining open channels of communication with the local community and stakeholders. The Consortium will be forming a Community Liaison Group to further discuss the proposals with interested residents.

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