Operations have begun on a nine-month partnership between Viridor and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) to divert residual waste to the firm’s Runcorn energy recovery facility (ERF).
The contract with MRWA will see Viridor partner with local recycling and waste services business WSR Recycling to deliver up to 20,000 tonnes of waste to the ERF.
WSR will be responsible for pre-treatment of residual waste at their Widnes base to produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) before it is transferred to Viridor’s plant, which can handle up to 850,000 tonnes of RDF waste per year.
The contract, which began on 1 July 2015, will run until 31 March 2016, with the option of a further six month extension to provide interim services until MRWA’s long term RRC contract comes on line.
Director of operations for MRWA, Alex Murray said: “We are pleased to have established a waste solution which provides greater environmental benefits to the local community such as landfill diversion and that offers a reduced cost to the residents of Merseyside.”
Viridor’s regional MD Richard Jenkins added: “Viridor is delighted to be working in partnership with MRWA to deliver a locally-led waste solution that brings both economic and environmental benefits to Merseyside.
“This partnership will result in more waste being diverted from landfill, sending RDF to Runcorn ERF, which provides renewable electricity and heat to the adjacent INEOS Chlor site.”