Rendering plant to reopen?

We have received the following notification from SEPA about the possible reopening of the rendering plant at Cottown. The plant closed when the operators Dundas Brothers went into liquidation in 2004.

Following persistent complaints about the offensive odours from the plant SEPA revoked the company’s licence to operate and the company ceased trading.

SEPA’s notification reads:

“SEPA is aware of activity by Scot Proteins Limited to re-commission the mothballed Kintore rendering plant following the loss of treatment facilities in England. The site is a category one animal by-products rendering facility which processes material from abattoirs unfit for the food chain and fallen stock from farms.

“In line with strict permit requirements, the operator will need to demonstrate that the site is capable of meeting requirements on minimising odour and noise before it can be fully operational. SEPA officers are conducting targeted odour and noise assessments during the commissioning of the facility to assess potential impacts.

“SEPA has strongly advised the operator to liaise with the local community during the commissioning process.

“In addition to yourself, SEPA has proactively contacted relevant elected members of Parliament, Scottish Parliament and the local authority – including the Leader and CEO - in addition to three contact points for Kintore and District Community Council.

“Members of the public concerned by environmental impacts from the facility can contact SEPA online at or contact SEPA’s 24/7 Pollution Hotline on 0800 807060. The company can be contacted directly at”

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