The Proposal.


SUEZ recycling and recovery UK are proposing to build an energy recovery centre on Lower Eccleshill Road in Darwen, Lancashire. The facility will create over 50 skilled and semi-skilled jobs as well as hundreds of jobs during construction.

It will generate enough sustainable electricity to power over 60,000 homes – that’s every home in Blackburn with Darwen. There is also the potential for heat and electricity to be provided to local businesses.

It will also ensure Lancashire’s waste is diverted from landfill and put to good use as a valuable resource. Given that landfill generates significant greenhouse gases and the value of the resource is lost forever, landfilling is increasingly the option of last resort when disposing of waste.

The Energy Recovery Centre

We are proposing to build the facility on Lower Eccleshill Road in Darwen on land that we already own for handling waste and recyclable material. The proposed Darwen Energy Recovery Centre would take residual (left after recycling) black bag waste and use it to generate electricity by burning it at high temperature under tightly controlled conditions. Heat from the process is used to produce steam which in turn drives a turbine to generate electricity. The facility could handle up to 500,000 tonnes of residual black bag waste each year – waste that would otherwise go to landfill. 

The planning application

We expect to submit a planning application for the Energy Recovery Centre to Blackburn with Darwen Council later this year following consultation with the local community.

We are currently carrying out assessments as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which will be submitted in support of the planning application. The EIA will consider the potential impact of the development upon the environment and will include assessments on topics such as transport, visual impact and air quality.

Find out more about the proposed Darwen Energy Recovery Centre by reading our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Public Exhibition Information

Our public consultation has now closed.

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