The Plastic Park is an innovative concept for dealing with some of the 4.9 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 Plastic to Hydrogen facility.
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.
Alongside the Plastic to Hydrogen facility and PET plastic recycling facility, which already have planning consent, we are proposing to develop:
Materials Recycling 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 Recycling 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.
Plastics 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 HGV movements that will be servicing operations within Protos.
The consultation on the Plastic Park planning application closed on 30th July 2021. We are now considering all the feedback received and will take this into account as we prepare the planning application, which we expect to submit to Cheshire West & Chester Council later in the summer.
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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.
Will it smell?
The material coming in will be dry, mixed recyclables which should not smell.
What are the timescales for the project?
Following the consultation, we intend to submit a planning application to Cheshire West & Chester Council during August. We expect a decision by the end of the year. The timing o the construction works would be dependent on the grant of planning permission and subsequent contract negotiations / detailed design for each of the development components. However, its currently planned that construction will commence in mid 2022 for the first of the facilities. The construction period would vary depending on the facility being constructed, with the PRF1 and PRF2 likely to have the longest construction periods of approximately 24 months.