Energising Ayrshire: Ambitious new £60 million Energy Recovery Park planned

Plans to invest £60 million in a new energy recovery park at Killoch, creating at least 35 new jobs, have been announced by local company Barr.

The planned state of the art facility, the Barr Killoch Energy Recovery Park, represents the next generation of waste treatment, turning household waste into energy.  As well as 35 new jobs directly employed at Killoch, the new facility will safeguard the employment of Barr’s current workforce (50) and is likely to create around 200 new jobs during the construction of the new plant.

Barr’s Managing Director, Bill Weir said:

“The new facility builds upon our existing positive relationship with local councils by helping them to meet the environmental targets outlined in the government’s Zero Waste Scotland plan, whereby 95% of waste is to be diverted away from landfill by 2025.

As importantly, Barr has always been committed to investing in both the latest environmental technology to deal with waste whilst ensuring economic, social and environmental benefits for Ayrshire and the people who live here.”

Local partnerships and community engagement have been key to Barr’s success and a new education centre is also planned at the site. Commercial Director Gavin Money said:

“Over the years, we have invested significantly in apprentice and graduate recruitment and recently signed a new partnership agreement with the University of the West of Scotland. We want to continue to provide real opportunities for the young people of Ayrshire and will continue to work with local schools, Dumfries House, the Prince’s Trust and others to help inform, educate and develop young people in the importance of recycling.”

Barr recognise that many in the local community will want more information about the new facility and are committed to wide ranging and comprehensive consultation before submitting a formal planning application later this year. A series of five community consultation events are planned:

– 24 March Auchinleck Community Centre                  4pm to 8pm

– 25 March Drongan Community Centre                       4pm to 8pm

– 26 March Netherthird Community Centre                 4pm to 8pm

– 31 March Ochiltree Community Centre                      4pm to 8pm

– 9 April Mauchline Community Centre                         4pm to 8pm

In addition, a new website has been developed which gives more information and aims to answer questions people may have. It can be found at www.killoch.com. For more information, please contact Barr on 01290 700 800 or email info@killoch.com

About Barr

Barr has operated for over 150 years and today is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading waste management companies, operating a variety of high quality waste treatment, recycling and residual disposal facilities throughout the West of Scotland. Barr supports East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Councils by managing their household waste and operating waste treatment, recycling and disposal facilities from locations based in Ayr, Cumnock and Kilmarnock. In addition, Barr has established long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Councils from its location at Auchencarroch, near Dumbarton. www.barr.co.uk