About the Project
The proposed Killoch Energy Recovery Park will unlock a series of significant benefits for the economy, environment and local area. These include:
- Local investment:Triggering a significant inward investment of around £100m to East Ayrshire. We will also pay local business rates once operational which will amount to several hundred thousand pounds each year.
- Sustainability: Creating a smart, sustainable way to manage approximately 166,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste that’s created by our homes and businesses each year and to stop this waste from going to landfill.
- Reducing landfill: Moving waste up the waste management hierarchy and, in doing so, directly supporting the Scottish Government’s landfill diversion targets, which aim to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to just five per cent by 2025.
- Delivered ahead of government policy: By directly supporting the Scottish Government’s target to ban all biodegradable municipal waste from landfill by 2025.
- Employment growth:We will create 17 new jobs and safeguard a further 60 that are part of our existing operations. There will also be approximately 400 new construction jobs available during the 30-month construction phase of the facility, with a significant number of those jobs likely to be available to local businesses employing local workers.
- Reducing carbon emissions: Our facility will directly battle climate change by saving at least 69,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This is the same as removing more than 46,500 cars from the road.
- Infrastructure investment: There will also be approximately 400 new construction jobs available during the 30-month construction phase of the facility, with a significant number of those jobs likely to be available to local businesses employing local workers.
- Local supply chain opportunities: Generating significant local supply chain opportunities for local and regional businesses during each year of our expected 40 years of operation, ranging from supplies of day-to-day equipment and materials to facilities and equipment maintenance.
- High recycling rate: Extracting and recycling close to 100 per cent of the metals that enter our facility as part of the waste stream.
- Use of by-products: Recovering and recycling ash which will be used as a secondary aggregate (i.e. a recycled product) in construction and civil engineering projects. This not only boosts the sustainability credentials of our operation further but also helps increase the embedded sustainability of the construction projects where this recycled material is used.
Support for young people
Barr recognises and has invested significantly in apprentice and graduate recruitment and, as per the commitment made during the process of securing our existing consent, we believe this project will offer further opportunities to recruit and develop local young people across Ayrshire and beyond.
Barr has an ongoing relationship with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, Dumfries House, Engineering Development Trust, Investors in Young People, University of the West of Scotland and Ayrshire primary and secondary schools. These relationships seek to inform, develop and educate young people on the importance of recycling and the efficient use of our resources.
We will also develop an onsite education centre to give visitors – such as local schools and community groups – a more detailed understanding of responsible resource management.