Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has announced the proposed location for a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Nottinghamshire.
The development that will process around 18,000 tonnes of residual waste left over after recycling and composting each year has been earmarked for Rufford Colliery near Rainworth.
In line with Government legislation, the county needs a proven and deliverable solution to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.
The Rufford Colliery site has been selected as it is situated in an area close to where waste is generated, it has excellent road links and it re-develops a brownfield ex-colliery site which already has a history of resource recovery and waste management.
VES project director Edward Thomas said: “We believe that the Rufford Colliery site provides a good location for an ERF. We are looking forward to engaging with the local community about our plans and hopefully involving them in the future operations of the facility.”
If given the go-ahead, the plant will be fully operational by 2012, processing 35% of the household waste in Nottinghamshire. This would produce up to 15MW of electrical energy, enough to power 15,000 homes.
A period of consultancy has begun that will take place up to and during the planning application process with councillors poised to visit similar facilities to the one proposed.
Residents will also be given the chance to take part in a liaison group, enabling them to discuss the plans and shape the future of the facility.