THORNTON WASTE RECOVERY PARK
Based at what was once part of the former ICI Hill house works in Thornton, the Global Renewables facility began operation in 2010 and treats up to 225,000 tons of household waste from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and some areas of Lancashire every year.
The Thornton facility processes all waste indoors, making it the UK’s first fully enclosed waste treatment facility.
There are two different receivable halls, depending on what type of waste is being delivered (garden & kitchen waste and residual waste).
Like Farmington garden and food waste is delivered directly into a dedicated composting facility. Residual waste is delivered to the household residual waste receivables hall where it is loaded onto conveyor belts for sorting. This is where the UR-3R Process® begins.
Every part of the process is connected to the air management system, which has been designed so that fresh air is constantly being sucked into the building. Therefore, when the doors are opened briefly to allow trucks access, air flows in, not out, owing to the fact that there is a slightly lower air pressure inside the building.