On 29 January 2019 SEPA received an application from Recycling Technologies Limited for a permit to operate a Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF) at Binn Ffarm, Glenfarg, Perthshire, PH2 9PX. The proposed process would be be regulated under Section 5.1 “Incineration and Co-Incineration of waste” of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (commonly known as PPC).
SEPA is the public body tasked with protecting and reporting on the state of the environment of Scotland. We do this by regulating activities that can cause pollution, by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water and by working to enable those we regulate to comply with the legislation. After having addressed a Commercial Confidentiality claim SEPA duly notified the Operator that the application was duly made on 4 June 2019. SEPA were content that there was sufficient information to begin the detailed determination process. If further information is required to complete the process, Recycling Technologies Limited will have to provide it.
The determination process
- Recycling Technologies Limited have already placed adverts in the Edinburgh Gazette (14 June 2019) and The Courier (13 June 2019). There was a four week period, from the date of the advert for the public to make comments, however representations out with this period can still be made to the contact address or email box detailed below.
- SEPA, have sent the application to statutory consultees, including the Health Board, Local Authority, Food Standards Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage and some discretionary consultees including Abernethy Community Council.
- SEPA has a legal duty to take regard of comments made during the formal 28 day consultation period. However, SEPA may consider representations made out with the consultation period.
- If SEPA issues a Notice requiring further information, it has a duty to make available any further information submitted onto the Public Register and will, in addition, update its website. Although in this application for a permit SEPA will consider any relevant representations made by the public about any further information submitted, it will not hold any further formal consultation until it has prepared a draft decision (see below).
- Written representations will be placed on the Public Register unless people advised in writing, at the same time as they made the representation, that they wished it to be kept from the Register.
- SEPA has summary information for this permit application available via the link below.
- For Energy from Waste Applications, SEPA has a policy to make these publically available via our web-site. However, due to file size restrictions please contact our Registry team (as per details below).
- SEPA has four months from the date of receiving a duly made application to consider the information in the application and any additional information provided during the consultation process. We will then produce a draft decision document, which may include a draft Permit.
- A longer period could be agreed with Recycling Technologies Limited, and if additional information is required to complete the decision process the determination time would automatically be extended.
- Having reviewed the application, SEPA’s draft decision (including any draft Permit or draft refusal Notice) will follow a further period of public consultation. This will be published by SEPA through our Public Participation Directive Consultation page and consultation responses will be considered prior to finalising the determination.
The permit application is available below. Electronic copies of the full application are available on disc and can be requested from our Registry team. Due to the size of the full application it cannot be forwarded via email. Written representations can be made to the postal address below, or by emailing our Registry team..
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