RESIDENTS want to meet representatives of the two companies bidding to win an £850m contract to manage Cheshire’s waste over the next 25 years.
That was the call coming from the first meeting of the community forum for Marbury and Northwich East and Shakerley wards.
Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East councils are seeking an alternative sustainable waste treatment for residual household waste and two waste options have now been shortlisted as part of a competitive tendering process.
Viridor is proposing a new waste treatment plant on part of the former ICI chlorine plant at Lostock works off Griffiths Road.
The company proposes a new Mechanical Biological Treatment facility which converts non-recyclable material into a solid recovered fuel for a specially designed power station at Weston Point, Runcorn - a facility that already has planning permission and that would provide power for Cheshire’s chemical industry.
The other bidders, Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS), has announced plans to develop a Waste Treatment Plant at New Cheshire Business Park on Wincham Lane in Wincham.
The facility will use gasification technology to generate renewable energy from left over, non-recycled waste - enough to power 22,500 Cheshire homes.
A public meeting arranged as a result of the community forum will be held on Thursday, 16 July at 7pm at Northwich Memorial Hall, where residents will have a chance to meet representatives of Viridor.