The contract for the 25 year North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council waste PFI contract has been awarded to AmeyCespa.
Although the value of the contract is confidential at present, the project, which proposes to build a waste recovery park, has been awarded £65m in PFI credits by the Government.
The proposed Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP) near Harrogate is expected to treat 320,000 tonnes of waste a year, and could include facilities to sort and reclaim 20,000 tonnes a year of from waste arriving to the site, an anaerobic digestion facility and an energy from waste (EfW) facility.
The EfW facility, which could provide supply electricity to 40,000 homes, has been opposed by the North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG). They presented a petition, which had almost 10,000 signatures against the incinerator, at the council meeting in which the decision to award AmeyCespa the contract was taken.
At the meeting NYWAG chairman Steve Wright said: “We consider that incineration at Allerton Park is unnecessary, is financial madness and is a complete waste of precious resources for the future and it’s for at least 25 years.
“I’m sure 5-10 years from now when the penalties start rolling in, if you vote for this today you’ll wonder what on earth you were thinking of on that cold day in December.”
The waste PFI is expected to cut £320m from the combined waste management bill of the two authorities, which were projected to reach £1.8bn by 2039/40 if the authorities continued to rely on landfill.
AmeyCespa project director Bill Jarvis said: “We now look forward to working with the two authorities to provide a state-of-the-art solution to deal with the county’s waste. The Allerton Waste Recovery Park project will help increase the recovery of value from the waste stream and divert at least 90% of the county’s household rubbish from landfill.”
AmeyCespa will submit a planning application for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park early next year, which is expected to be operational by 2014 if approved.