Multi-million pound plans a company says could create 200 jobs and safeguard the future of recycling in Shipley are being shared with the public.
Crossley Evans, which has run its recycling company in the town for 100 years, has set up a website to consult on its £6 million proposals for a new green energy plant, which would expand its recycling capabilities and give it the ability to convert timber waste to wood fuel pellets.
The website explains how pellets would be supplied to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire as biomass fuel for renewable energy.
The plant would process 30,000 tonnes of clean, dry timber waste each year, reducing the need for landfill and helping the power station cut its carbon dioxide emissions by reducing its reliance on coal.
The facility would also create a by-product of ferrous metals which will be processed by the company’s existing metal recycling operation.
Company owner Matthew Evans announced his plans through the Telegraph & Argus in December and is now asking people for their thoughts.
“This is crucial to the future of the company and significant to the future of Shipley,” he said.
He said the scheme represented a significant investment opportunity for Shipley, both improving recycling and producing a new source of renewable energy.
The company’s future was under threat last year when GMI Developments announced plans to build a superstore on the site meaning the historic firm could have been thrown off the Otley Road site it leases from DB Schenker Rail (UK).
That planning application was refused before Christmas, but GMI and DB Schenker have now appealed the decision.
Mr Evans said: “We are pleased to announce the launch of our new consultation website about our exciting new proposal.
“Our plans show a strong vote of confidence in Shipley, will create new job opportunities and mean we can look forward to playing our part in the local economy and community for years to come.
“We had a fantastic response to our campaign against the supermarket application and we hope for a similar positive response from local people to these new plans. We aim to put forward a planning application in due course.”
People can view the proposals and give their comments by visiting www.saverecyclinginshipley.co.uk.