The Silver Dome processes 165,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste and produces 17MW of electricity, most of which is exported to the National Grid. It forms a key part of Project Integra, the waste management strategy Hampshire adopted in 1995 - a partnership of all the local authorities in Hampshire and VES.
Unveiling the facilitys plaque, VES chief executive officer Denis Gasquet said: I believe this [facility] will be a jewel in Veolias crown for many years to come.
This facility vividly demonstrates Hampshires pioneering approach to waste infrastructure and its far-sighted waste management strategy. Marchwood ERF and the other facilities in Hampshire have been vital to the countys impressive landfill diversion record, and demonstrate that energy recovery and high levels of recycling go hand in hand.
Hampshire currently diverts 85% of its household waste from landfill. But Hampshire County Council executive member for environment Mel Kendal said that while it was proud of its record and partnership approach, the county would not get complacent: We can still do more. We are investigating other options for managing waste in Hampshire in the future we cannot afford to stand still.
The eye-catching facility was designed by Jean-Robert Mazaud, the architect behind Hampshires other ERFs. Speaking about his inspiration, Mazaud said: I really wanted something idealistic and thought lets go for a really simple shape. Shape has a language. Shape can say: Here is the best way to operate a facility.