We are proposing to develop a Plastic Park at Protos which will cluster together innovative recycling and treatment technologies to help deal with some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste produced in the UK each year.
Before we submit a planning application for the Plastic Park to Cheshire West & Chester Council, we want to know what you think about the plans. The consultation closes on 16th June 2021 so please get your comments to us before then.
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The Plastic Park is planned for land to the north and south of Grinsome Road.
Two facilities at the Plastic Park have already received planning consent.
- A waste plastic to hydrogen facility which will take end of life plastic and use it to generate hydrogen for use as a clean fuel in cars, buses and HGVs, helping to improve local air quality.
- A Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling facility which will take food and beverage packaging, such as plastic bottles, and recycle them for use in making new packaging products.
The Plastic Park is an innovative concept for dealing with some of the millions of tonnes of plastic waste that currently ends up in landfill, in our oceans or exported overseas.
It will cluster together different technologies that will enable mixed recyclables and plastics to be recycled. Plastic that is unsuitable for recycling could be used to generate hydrogen at the plastics to hydrogen facility.
Alongside the plastic to hydrogen facility and PET plastic recycling facility, which already have planning consent, we are proposing to develop:
A Material Recovery Facility (MRF) – which will separate out up to 75,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclable materials (such as glass, paper, cans and card) into different waste streams and sent for recycling.
Plastics Recovery Facility One (PRF1) – plastic from the MRF and mixed plastics arriving pre-sorted to the site will be separated into different plastic types. The separated plastic will either go to PRF2 or the PET recycling plant . PRF1 will treat up to 200,000 tonnes of plastic.
Plastic Recovery Facility Two (PRF2) – up to 90,000 tonnes of pre-sorted plastic from PRF1 which will be washed and processed into flaked plastic which can be used to make new plastic products, such as food packaging or drinks bottles.
Polymer Laminate Recycling Facility – up to 2,500 tonnes of plastic aluminium laminates (like crisp packets and baby food pouches) will be heated, the plastic will break down into an oil for reuse in manufacturing of new products and the aluminium recovered.
Hydrogen refuelling station – taking hydrogen from the consented plastic to hydrogen facility to supply up to 1000kg of hydrogen per day to vehicles, sufficient to fuel approximately 20 HGVs from outside Protos and a similar number of internal movement of HGV that will be servicing operations within Protos.
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Will the Plastic Park increase traffic?
There is already outline planning consent for Protos which sets out a maximum number of HGV movements. Traffic associated with the Plastic Park will remain within the currently approved levels for Protos with no additional HGV movements proposed.
Will the facilities impact on the local environment?
As part of the planning application, we are preparing an Environmental Statement which includes Landscape and Visual Impact, Ecology and Air Quality assessments. These will assess any potential impact on the local environment and identify any mitigation measures that will be required.
Where will the plastic come from?
The waste arriving at the Plastic Park will include plastics collected from homes and businesses within Cheshire West and Chester and surrounding areas. Whilst each facility is designed to be operated independently, we’re expecting there to be a flow of materials between the facilities to create a circular economy in the North West where nothing is wasted.