Wrexham Council and a Portuguese multinational called HLC (www.grupohlc.com) want to build a "waste recovery centre" to increase the borough's recycling rate.
This is the third planning application - the first one was for an incinerator. This latest is using a new, untried technology called pyrolysis, which claims to "bake" rather than "burn" the waste that cannot be recycled and re-used.
This is, to use a technical phrase, utter bollocks.
The heat at which the waste is baked produces toxic gases as well as leaving a toxic waste residue. The gases have to go somewhere - i.e. the atmosphere - and the residue has to go to a hazardous waste site, which is more expensive than a normal waste disposal site. It is incineration by another name.