The public will be given the chance to have their say on plans to overhaul waste management in Aberdeen.
Sita UK – the company responsible for processing Aberdeen City Council’s waste – tabled a proposal of application notice for a mew facility in November.
Now, as part of the pre-application process, the firm is holding a public exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It will outline its proposals for a materials recycling facility, where mixed recyclables would be split into individual materials, and a refuse-derived fuel facility which will process black bag waste that has not been recycled.
The plants will be built on the Altens East Industrial Estate.
Both the council and Sita UK say it is vital the city revamps the way waste is processed.
Currently, the council pays £5million annually in landfill tax, a cost which is expected to increase in the next few years.
In addition, from 2021, local authorities across the country will be banned from putting any biodegradable waste into landfill.
Colin Forshaw, Sita UK’s operations manager in Aberdeen, said: “The issue of how we deal with Aberdeen city’s waste is an important one and is something that concerns us all, so we hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to come along to the exhibitions to find out more and let us know what they think.”
The industrial estate has been chosen as the preferred site because of its size and close proximity to residential areas.
The development site would also include a replacement depot for the council’s waste collection vehicles, which is currently at Powis Terrace in Kittybrewster.
If the proposals are approved, the new facilities would open in 2016.
The exhibitions will be held between 1pm-8pm on both days at the Thistle Hotel in Souter Head Road.