Viridor has signed a contract with Cheshire East Council’s arm’s length trading company Ansa Environmental Services to send around 55,000 tonnes a year of household residual waste to its combined heat and power (CHP) plant.
Ansa Environmental Services was set up by Cheshire East in 2014 as councillors rejected plans to outsource waste services.
The five-year contract with Viridor started on 1 April, with the option to extend for up to a further five years.
Household waste will be sent to the Viridor Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility, which treats up to 850,000 tonnes a year of refuse-derived fuel and generates up to 70MW of electricity and up to 51MW of heat.
Simon Wright, Viridor business development manager, said: “The partnership demonstrates a commitment to generate low-carbon energy from Cheshire East’s non-recyclable waste and makes the best use of resources locally in Cheshire, supporting jobs and the local economy.”
Ansa managing director Kevin Melling said: “As well as maximising opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, we are also working towards reducing the use of fossil fuels and diverting waste from landfill.”
In March, Cheshire East Council called in the police to probe concerns about the purchase of land for its environmental hub, which includes a waste transfer station and headquarters for Ansa.