By Nigel Slater 24/05 Updated: 24/05 12:38
A RECYCLING firm has been given the green light to build a new plant which could give the economy a multi-million pound boost.
Sims Metal Management European Headquarters, based in Long Marston, has been granted planning permission to build a second new Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) warehouse building on its site which will stop tonnes of waste going to landfill.
ASR is made up of materials after left over vehicles are shredded and metals recovery has taken place and consists of glass, rubber, fibre, plastic and precious metals such as gold and silver.
In the past ASR has been sent to landfill but with the construction of a new building, it will separate and sort ASR so that the recovered metals can be used in foundries, special metal refineries and glass and plastic plants.
The plans comes as part of a £15million investment by the company, who are the world's largest metal re-cycler, and will strengthen the Long Marston site by safeguarding its existing 471 employees and create additional new employment.
The sites two plants could bring in a total of £50 million per year to the UK economy.
Tony Bird, head of Bird Group which owns the Sims Metal Management site, said: "We're delighted with the news. This reinforces our commitment to our business in Worcestershire.
"We would like to take the opportunity to thank Worcestershire County Council for the professional and efficient manner in which this planning application was handled.
"The decision helps safeguard several hundred existing jobs at the Long Marston Plant of Sims Group UK and also creates further employment in the area.
"We're very excited at the prospect of Sims Group UK’s groundbreaking development that will not only make a major contribution to the local economy, but also significantly reduce the amount of valuable metals, plastic and other recyclables going to landfill."
Members of Worcestershire County Council's Planning & Regulatory Committee voted in favour to grant planning permission for the 120,000 tonnes per year facility.
Coun Simon Geraghty, responsible for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, added: "It's excellent news for local employment and the county's economy and also highlights the commercial opportunities that exist in tackling climate change and protecting the environment.
"It is another great example of the way the County Council is working with businesses to increase economic prosperity and demonstrate that Worcestershire is Open for Business."
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