Albion is delighted to finally receive the Pollution Prevention and Control permit for GP Plantscape in vessel composting system. The new installation which will be constructed by the end of 2010 will compost Catering waste and green wastes. These types of waste were prevented from going to landfill in 2006. The aim of the installation is to provide a route for treatment of ABP and catering waste, which complies with the requirements in an installation that is close to the point of production.
The site is located at Blantyre Muir, Newhousemill Road, Blantyre, G74 2LF.
The capacity of the system allows 30,000t ABP and catering waste to be processed per annum, by composting. The final product will be mature compost that can be used to land. The installation will also need a supply of shredded wood to provide a structure to the compost.
The operation can be divided into 7 stages as follows:
Stage 1 – Waste arrival and verification: weighbridge operator will inspect paperwork and check the weight of the vehicle.
Stage 4 – Composting in Clamps: the waste will be treated by the process of composting for a period of 7 days. Compost will then be moved to a second set of clamps again for 7 days.
Stage 5 – Compost discharge: the immature compost will be transported to the maturation building.
Stage 6 – Maturation: the compost will be placed in a series of windrows for further maturation over a 6 to 8 weeks
Stage 7 – Compost Removal: the matured compost will be tested for compliance with the Compost Quality Requirements according to Publicly Available Specification and stored before using to land.
The following methods are proposed to prevent pollution to the environment:
The ABP and catering waste will be delivered, stored in sealed containers and to prevent odour nuisance or wastewater discharge;
· The wood and green waste will be delivered pre-shredded and any on-site shredding will be carried out within the closed waste reception building to reduce dust emissions.
· The compost clamps will operate under a negative pressure and act as a natural filter to reduce odours;
· The odour caused from the waste preparation operations or the process of compost maturation will be kept to a minimum by limiting the amount of processing time.
· The drained water from the building and water from the condenser will be collected in a underground wastewater storage tank and recycled to the composting process or taken away by tanker;
· The wastewater from the staff office will be transported through a foul drain to a small treatment plant;
· To control noise all waste preparation will take place within the building;
· The storage of the food waste in sealed containers and the maturation and storage of the waste in a vermin proof building will reduce the risk of vermin presence; however, daily inspections will be made for evidence of vermin and action taken as required.
· The maintenance of the site will ensure minimum dust and litter.
· The facility, as currently proposed, complies with all national and local policies relating to waste management.
The main benefits of the project are listed below:
· The installation will provide a stable disposal route for waste material from the food industry and catering waste;
· Facility is close to the waste arising and transport of material is significantly reduced.
· The installation will produce a product which will provide benefit to the local farming community;
· The installation will comply with all environmental legislation;
Albion is delighted to have completed this important piece of work for GP Plantscape and adds to our extensive experience in this area. We are now working with GP Plantscape to secure Animal Health approval to accept animal by product waste at the site.