Specialist energy suppliers Covanta have announced plans to build and run a new energy from waste facility in Scotland.
The Airdrie North site at Drumshangie will create up to 400 jobs during construction, which is due to start in autumn 2011, according to the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser.
Waste from within an hour's drive of the combined heat and power plant will be collected and processed, generating 24 megawatts of electricity and the same amount of renewable thermal energy a year, the newspaper reported.
Covanta Energy managing director Malcolm Chilton commented that the site will play a part in Scotland's waste management and renewable power infrastructure.
"It provides a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution for the proportion of the area's waste which cannot sensibly be recycled and which has, until now, been sent to landfill," he pointed out, adding that the development could inspire other industries to invest in similar projects.
Meanwhile, a site in Oxfordshire has started using human waste to generate energy that supplies nearby homes.
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