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Veolia gets green light for Leeds plant

Veolia’s plans for a recycling and incineration facility in Leeds have been approved.

The city council has given the green light to the planning application for the plant at Cross Green which will remove recyclable waste from black bins. The remainder will be used as energy from waste which will be used on the National Grid to power up to 20,000 homes.

The facility is part of a £460m PFI contract that Veolia Environmental Services signed with the council in November to treat municipal waste.

Veolia says that the facility will save the council an estimated £200m over the term of its contract compared with the cost of landfill.

Veolia Environmental Services’ executive director Robert Hunt said: “The construction and operation of a single well-located facility offers the best financial and environmental solution for the local authority and the local taxpayer.”

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said: “This decision has been years in the making and the level of scrutiny provided by panel members, demonstrates just how important the incinerator is to the city.

“I’ve said frequently that we can’t afford to continue to bury waste in the ground on financial or environmental grounds.”

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