Until recently, Veolia Environmental Services provided a complete waste service for Thurrock Council for seven years. But in January the council decided to split its waste contract into seven parts and re-tender for waste services. (see MRW story)
Now, the 35,000 tonnes of residual waste produced by households each year is collected by Thurrock Council and sent to WRGs Allington energy-from-waste facility in Kent or to landfill for disposal.
The waste will be equally split between the EfW plant and the landfill site. But the portion of waste treated at the EfW will be gradually increased, so that 90% of the waste will be treated there by the end of the contracted period.
Council cabinet member for environment Mike Revell said: Thurrock is now one of the leading authorities in the east of England to put in place specific measures to deal with the historic blight of landfill. This contract will underpin the councils aim to recover value from residual waste, and will ensure that we achieve the challenging targets which have been set by the Government.
WRG development director Andy Ryan said: Its good to be involved in a process that will see an increasing amount of residual waste being treated during the lifetime of the contract, so that further value is extracted in the form of electricity.