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Plans have been unveiled for a £111million recycling and energy-from-waste plant in South Lanarkshire.

Levenseat facility at Forth, near Lanark, is forecast to recycle more than a million tonnes of materials over its lifetime.

The project is co-funded by the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) to the tune of more than £28million.

Other major backers include Levenseat Ltd.

During the construction of the facility 100 jobs would be created and once operational the site will provide 50 full-tie jobs.

The project includes a 12.3MW energy-from-waste (EfW) plant and an adjacent Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

The MRF will recover plastics, metals, paper and card for recycling.

It is forecast that the development will supply electricity equivalent to the needs of nearly 18,000 homes over its lifespan.

The recycling plant will save 1.4million tonnes of waste from going into landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of around 1.3million tonnes, equivalent to taking more than 23,000 cars off the road for every year it operates.

The electricity produced will be supplied to the National Grid.
GIB chief executive Shaun Kingsbury said: “This first-of-kind project is the latest innovative example of how the UK is modernising its waste management infrastructure.

“By increasing recycling and using the remaining waste to produce energy, the Levenseat project will make a significant contribution towards Scotland’s zero waste plan.”

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