New Cemex waste plant will create 30 new jobs

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AROUND 30 new jobs will be created at a new waste recycling plant in Rugby.

Cemex will begin work on the Malpass Farm site next to its cement plant in Lawford Road later this year in the hope it will be up and running by early 2014. The waste recycling plant - given permission in 2009 - will process locally sourced waste to produce Climafuel for consumption at the cement plant.

Climafuel, an alternative fuel produced from domestic, commercial and industrial waste, has been used at the plant since 2007.

Cemex confirmed the creation of the new plant will create around 30 jobs in Rugby and more during the construction phase. The company work alongside recycling and resource management company SITA UK to develop the plant. As well as the one in Rugby, another one will be built in Birmingham.

Dan Panormo, renewable energy manager at Cemex, said: “With the fuel coming from within a 30 mile radius of the cement plant, it guarantees the environmental credential of this alternative fuel. This new partnership will provide a secure and long term supply of Climafuel while providing the local communities around Birmingham and Rugby with a positive solution to waste that would otherwise go to landfill.”

In 2009, when permission for the plant was granted, Rugby Borough Council said it was concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

A spokesman said: “We requested that conditions be imposed on the planning permission. We would expect the plant operators to be able to demonstrate compliance with these conditions before the plant comes into operation.”