North Ayrshire Council have granted planning permission to develop an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) on the Oldhall Industrial Estate, Irvine, on a site allocated for business or industry, that will prevent local waste from going to landfill.

The facility will generate enough electricity for the equivalent of over 30,000 homes, more than all the residential properties in Irvine, heat that can be used by nearby businesses, and make use of a site that has previously been consented for energy recovery from waste.

It will also divert around 180,000 tonnes per year of waste which would otherwise go to landfill or be exported to Europe for treatment; waste which has already been sorted to remove valuable recyclables, such as glass, metal, plastic, paper and card.

Oldhall ERF will provide around 200 full-time jobs during construction and 20 new full-time jobs during operation.

Doveryard held a consultation in summer 2019 to listen to the views of local businesses and residents. They took the comments we received into consideration before submitting a planning application to North Ayrshire Council. On 22 January 2020, the project was granted approval by North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Committee.

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