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Contract signed for Viridor-Oxfordshire waste PPP

Viridor and Oxfordshire County Council have signed the Public Private Partnership contract that will see the area’s waste treated by an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Ardley, north Oxfordshire.

The company was announced as preferred bidder for the contract in September 2009. It is investing £205m in the agreed waste treatment, which includes a 300,000 tonne a year EfW facility.

Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for growth and infrastructure Ian Hudspeth said:

“Once built, the energy recovery facility at Ardley will result in the diversion of at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s municipal waste from landfill and provide electricity for many local homes. It will also save taxpayers millions of pounds every year by avoiding landfill tax and fines.

Viridor battled to get planning permission for the EfW as the first application was refused by the local authority, which Viridor appealed and which was subsequently referred to the Secretary of State for the decision. Viridor then submitted a revised application in April 2010 which was accepted by Oxfordshire County Council last year. Communities secretary Eric Pickles granted planning permission for the first application in February this year.

Viridor managing director Mike Hellings said: “We all look forward to starting work on the preparation for construction and to delivering a high quality treatment facility and service for the residents of Oxfordshire”.

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