4R Group receives permit for Yorkshire plant

The 4R Group has been granted a permit from the Environment Agency for its “specialist waste-to-land recycling centre” in East Yorkshire.

The facility will convert an old peat works site
4R will convert a former peat works site in East Riding  into a “specialist waste-to-land recycling centre”

The organics recycling company says the 100,000 tonnes per year capacity plant will provide a “great opportunity to secure much-needed” contingency storage to customers, which will include winter storage options.

It added that it will begin to develop the site in coming months.

The facility will either store the material prior to ground conditions being suitable to spread, or send any material that is unsuitable for further treatment, such as compost which needs to be checked for contamination.


The site consists of six acres of concrete and 45,000 sq ft of indoor space, and is described by 4R as a “specialist waste-to-land recycling centre” for waste and by-products that are beneficial for soils and crops, such as composts, biosolids, and clean water sludge.

The permit will allow the site to treat and store up to 100,000 tonnes a year of materials, which also will include green and food waste.

Planning permission

The initial plans for the site were submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire council two years ago, and planning permission secured in June 2020, subject to a Section 106 agreement being reached between the company and the council.

The agreement, which was signed in December 2020, is a legally binding agreement with the council to ensure maintenance of the public highway leading up to the site.

‘Stepping stone’

Managing director, Jon Smith, said: ‘We are delighted to have now secured our bespoke permit for the Old Peat Works and signed our Section 106 agreement with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

“The site will provide a great stepping stone between waste producers and the land-based recycling market”

Jon Smith, managing director, 4R Group

“The site will provide a great stepping stone between waste producers and the land-based recycling market and will help secure more stable and long-term recycling opportunities for materials. We’ve had a lot of positive interest in this development across the industry and we look forward to exploring opportunities in more detail over the next few months”.


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