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Information for Enviroparks Materials Recovery Facility, Hirwaun Industrial Estate, Aberdare, Cynon Valley, Mid Glamorgan

Status: Potential
Planning Region: Wales
Planning Sub-Region: South Wales
Operator: Enviroparks Ltd (part-owned by Marlborough Developments Limited and Enviroactive Limited) / Biffa / WTI UK LTD
Capacity: 180,000
Campaign Group(s): Valleys For Tourism Not Trash, Enviroparks Action Group and South Wales Without Incineration Network (SWWIN)
Notes: In July 2020 Enviroparks applied to Rhondda-Cynon-Taf County Borough Council to double the stack height from 45m to 90m [Source, ref: 20/0986/10]. Proposal was for incineration of MSW and C&I waste via pyrolysis followed by plasma gasification [Source], but the 2020 plannig application's Non-Technical Summary refers to gasification rather than plasma gasification and so the precise technology is unclear. Original planning permission approved December 2010. Allocated Round One Contracts for Difference funding in February 2015 [Source]. (Entry updated 2020-10-13)

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