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Viridor signs 30-year Peterborough waste deal

Viridor has signed a deal with Peterborough City Council to treat its residual waste over the next 30 years.

The Public Private Partnership contract between Viridor parent company Pennon and the local authority includes the development of  £75m energy from waste facility at the council’s existing recycling site in the Fengate Industrial area.

The centre will be able to process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and generate 7.25MW of electricity annually. The plant will mainly accept Peterborough’s waste as well as non-hazardous, post-recycling waste from businesses throughout the contract life.

Peterborough produces around 90,000 tonnes of waste per year, which is set to increase to 140,000 tonnes by 2040. 43% is currently recycled, with the remaining 50,000 tonnes of residual waste currently sent to landfill. The new facility is designed to divert around 94% of residual waste from landfill.

Viridor originally received planning permission in May 2010 with a modified plan getting the green light last month.

Viridor head of projects Robert Ryan said: “Our proposed solution will efficiently complement the council’s existing waste prevention and recycling schemes, and will contribute towards its commitment to become the UK’s Environment Capital.”

Deputy leader of Peterborough City Council Matthew Lee said: “We have tackled this issue head-on and have gone for a solution that is better for the environment and significantly better for the taxpayers of the city.”

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