Green light for Wolverhampton recycling plant

An application from recycling specialist Ballast Phoenix to build a facility in Wolverhampton has been given the green light.

The proposal for a processing site on land at Cross Street North in the city has been agreed by the council’s planning committee this week.

Ballast Phoenix’s activities help transform incinerated waste products such as metals rubble and ceramics as into aggregates for the construction industry, as well as extracting residual metals. This helps prevent waste entering landfill.

Planning permission for the site was first granted in November 2017, before the previous operator pulled out of the scheme.

Now Ballast Phoenix, a Lincolnshire-based business, will be able to process 200,000 tonnes of incinerator ash at the site.

The planning application includes offices as well as the main facility, and new landscaping around the Wolverhampton Locks Conservation Area.

Ballast Phoenix currently operates 11 other UK sites, including one in Birmingham, which are involved in the processing of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) to create aggregates and other products.