PLANS to amend the closure date of Stoneyhill landfill site have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.
SITA UK is proposing that tipping be allowed to continue at the facility for a further 12 years, from June 2012 to December 2024.
At current input rates, it will take this long for the existing permitted void to be filled and the approved final restoration levels to be reached. The total amount of waste deposited at the site will not increase and there are no other changes to the existing permitted scheme.
But leading environmental campaigner John Askey, who famnously fought the Buchan CHP incinerator proposal, will be aiming to block the time extension at Stoneyhill.
He told the Buchanie: “I will be objecting to the extension of the lifespan of Stoneyhill tip because SEPA agreed an extension last time for 10 years when a 20+ year extension was requested.
“So SEPA thought it should not be required beyond 2012 and planning agreed with them.
“We have to stop SITA from getting an extension now because that will stop the treatment of radioactive material at the site, material thought too dangerous to dump at sea!
“It will also stop the development of an incinerator on this site which will burn goodness knows what toxic substances for the next 25 years.”
Annemarie Wilshaw, planning manager for SITA UK, said: “We thank those people who attended the two exhibitions we hosted about the landfill plans in June, and those people who have given us their comments. Landfill still has an important role in managing waste as recycling rates increase and alternative sustainable facilities are introduced in Scotland.
“Amending the end date of this site will mean the permitted space will be filled as planned and Stoneyhill landfill will continue to take non-recyclable waste from the residents of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and surrounding areas.”
The plan is in line with the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan, which still envisages a role for landfill for waste that cannot be recycled or treated.