Veolia’s £140m energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Leeds has been completed and handed over to the local authority three months earlier than scheduled
Deliveries of household waste to the facility started last year and now all of Leeds City Council’s black bin waste is being treated at the building in East Leeds Cross Green industrial area.
Mark Dobson, council executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said operational changes for bin collections had been “seamless with limited impact on residents”.
“We wanted to ensure that we had a sustainable solution for Leeds’ waste that would limit our impact on the environment while offering us financial savings. The recycling and energy recovery facility gives us just that.”
Paul Fowler, Veolia general manager, described the facility as a major change for the council, moving away from a reliance on landfill.
“As well as working in partnership with the council and managing the facility throughout its operational life, Veolia looks forward both to the continued liaison with the local community and any future opportunities to contribute to further environmental improvements.”
The plant was commissioned as part of a £460m, 25-year private finance initiative contract between the company and the council signed in 2012.
The facility will process around four million tonnes of waste during the life of the contract. Every year around 16,000 tonnes of recyclates from residual waste will be removed by the ’dirty MRF’ while the remaining waste will go to energy recovery, enough to power 20,000 homes through the National Grid.
Additional equipment has been installed so hot water can be piped into a future district heating network.