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Covanta gets 'royal' approval

Covanta Energy has been awarded a contract by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to treat the council’s residual and organic waste.

The deal with Covanta, which was the preferred bidder, means approximately 30,000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal waste currently landfilled each year will become fuel to generate largely renewable electricity. 

The 15,000 tonnes of food and garden waste produced each year will be treated by Covanta’s organic waste partner, Agrivert, at its anaerobic digester and composting facilities in Oxfordshire.

Non-recyclable waste will be treated at Covanta’s Rookery South facility near Stewartby in Bedfordshire. 

Covanta Energy’s UK Managing Director, Malcolm Chilton, right, said: “Covanta is committed to developing the most technologically advanced, efficient and productive EfW facilities in the UK.

“This is another step forward to achieving our long-term goals; providing local authorities and private sector waste producers with modern, sustainable and long-term waste treatment solutions. 

“By working with Agrivert Ltd our waste management solution will help drive up recycling rates, provide value for money for our clients and will generate significant levels of sustainable energy, by diverting waste away from landfill and using it as a fuel to generate renewable electricity.”

The contract is set to start in December 2012. 

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