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Oxfordshire agrees Energy from Waste plant

October 25, 2010

Oxfordshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee has approved Viridor’s application to build an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at its existing landfill and recycling site in Ardley, north Oxfordshire.

The proposed EfW facility will have a capacity to process some 300,000 tonnes of residual, non-recyclable waste with substantial environmental benefits including the landfill diversion of up to 95 percent of waste delivered to the facility and the generation of up to 24MW of electricity to be supplied to the National Grid – contributing towards a more resource efficient Britain.

Viridor’s proposal will result in additional benefits for the local economy – particularly important in the current economic environment – including the creation of around 40 permanent jobs and many more during construction.

The committee’s positive decision, which comes after the recent announcement by the council of its intention to sign the contract with Viridor shortly, was welcomed by Viridor’s project manager Robert Ryan. He said: “We are extremely pleased with the committee’s decision as our proposals have been in line with national and local waste management and planning policies from the outset. Oxfordshire councils are among the leading recyclers in the country and we are confident our facility will complement their efforts by recovering value from non-recyclable waste, stopping reliance on landfill disposal and avoiding hefty taxes. 

“We now look forward to signing the contract with the council so that we can continue moving forward with the delivery of a first-class residual treatment facility that Oxfordshire residents can be proud of.”

The proposed Ardley EfW facility has already received an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency which will ensure the facility operates safely.
Energy from Waste is a well established technology which is safe, robust and cost-effective. There are already 429 EfW operational plants in Europe, providing effective diversion of waste from landfill and an alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation.

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