Almost 200,000 tonnes of residual household waste has been converted into electricity at EnviRecover in its first 12 months of full operation.
Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's flagship energy-from-waste facility, operated by Severn Waste Services, became fully operational as planned in March 2017. It was formally opened by HRH Duke of Gloucester in June 2017 and is the largest single piece of capital infrastructure in the region.
Since opening, there has been a positive impact on reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill from the two counties and this amount is now minimal
Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "This was an ambitious project that took nearly three years to construct. EnviRecover launched on time last year with a fantastic first year of operation, giving us great results.
"A year on, the facility is achieving the targets we set and is helping to reduce our carbon footprint across Worcestershire."
Paddy Kelly, Severn Waste Services, General Manager at the Plant, said: “Our first year fully operating EnviRecover has been a great success.
"We couldn’t have accomplished such positive results without the hard work and dedication of our site team and the wider organisation.”
Worcestershire's environment is one of the county’s key features and one of the Council's key priorities.
With a predicted increase in the demand for waste disposal services over the next five years, in part due to the significant number of new homes planned across the county, the ability to manage demand efficiently and cost-effectively is crucial to sustaining the quality of this environment.
A focus for the county is to minimise the amount of waste being generated. Residents and businesses are encouraged to prevent, reduce, re-use, recycle and compost as much as possible.
For hints and tips on how you can reduce your waste, visit our let's waste less webpages by following this link: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/letswasteless/