Chapel Gate ERF:
Tackling the local waste challenge

ERF Project Enquiry

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Households and businesses across the BCP and Dorset council area produce 1.6 million tonnes of waste every year. Around 60% of household waste is recycled. We want to see as much waste as possible recycled locally and will continue to strive to maximise the potential of waste as a resource.

Over the last few weeks, a number of questions have been raised by local stakeholders in response to our proposals for an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at our Parley site near Bournemouth International Airport. Most of these questions are already covered in our detailed plans and supporting documents but we wanted to make sure every issue is addressed and correct some inaccurate assumptions

Read our mythbuster document here

Read our letter to local residents here

Over 250,000 tonnes of local organic waste is turned into soil improver, landscaping and horticultural products and renewable energy by Eco. However, a significant amount – around 320,000 tonnes of the total – is currently trucked out of the county for disposal.

This adds to the environmental impact of waste, transported long distances by HGVs, with thousands of tonnes ending up in landfill where it produces methane – a potent greenhouse gas and major contributing factor in the climate emergency.

We believe much more can be done to reduce waste, reuse and recycle more – and recover value from what’s left over. That’s why we’re proposing a local solution for some of the local leftover waste that will significantly reduce HGV ‘waste miles’ and reduce carbon emissions.

Our proposal is a small, local Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) which will generate heat and electricity and increase the amount of waste that is recycled.

The site will also include a visitor and education facility to support efforts by local councils to reduce waste, reuse and recycle more.

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BCP and Dorset Councils’ households and businesses currently recycle c. 60% of their waste but landfill around double the national average

A growing local population means by 2033 there will be > 1 million tonnes of waste generated by local households and businesses

Recycling 80% and reducing the waste we all produce by 10% will still leave more than 180,000 tonnes of rubbish to treat

up to
10,000 tonnes
of additional recycling

11.5MW heat
Enough to heat over 6,000
local homes per year

3.4MW electricity
Enough to power over 8,000
local homes per year

Eco is proposing to build a 60,000 tonnes per year ERF to replace the existing 35,000 tonne permitted facility leaving plenty of room for even more recycling and waste reduction.

Reducing landfill
methane emissions
by 12,850
tonnes of CO2
per year

Reducing HGV
'Waste miles' by
17,000 miles
per month

That's more than the distance from
Bournemouth to Shanghai and back!

Reducing the
local impact
of waste
Nitrogen deposition is less
than 1% at Hurn Common, the nearest designated site (SSSI).

Reducing the amount of waste

The visitors and education facility
will support efforts by local councils.
businesses and residents to reduce
waste, reuse and recycle more.

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