Leading resource management company, Veolia, has been awarded a six year, £102 million contract by Norfolk County Council to manage the treatment of 180,000tpa of waste. Commencing in March 2021, the contract will result in the transformation of residual waste into energy, helping the county achieve zero waste to landfill status, reduce carbon, and save its taxpayers £2 million each year.
Moving away from landfill is a key part of the waste and resources strategy and treatment of Norfolk’s residual waste via energy recovery, and the new contract will also boost recycling with metals and aggregate recovered in the process. Treatment will primarily be based at the new state of the art facility at Rookery South, near Stewartby in Bedfordshire, which will generate electricity for 112,000 homes and create fifty jobs.
Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland, said: “This contract is another significant step as we progress to zero landfill and a carbon zero future in the UK. We are delighted by this decision by Norfolk County Council, and value the opportunity to work in partnership to advance sustainability by making significant carbon and financial savings for residents.”
Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “This new contract will deliver additional recycling and send zero waste direct to landfill, all while delivering better value for money for our residents. More than that, by using rubbish as a fuel for power generation it will help us achieve significant carbon savings and marks an important step in delivering a greener Norfolk.”
Veolia currently operates a network of 10 Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs), which turn non-recyclable waste into green electricity, and generate enough power for nearly half a million homes. This forms an important part of the green infrastructure to deliver the electricity needed to meet current demands, and supports future increasing demands needed to reach the carbon zero target such as electric vehicles, the internet of things, and electric heating.