The handover follows a 33-month construction programme which has seen the facility built on time and to specification.
EnviRecover is located on the Hartlebury Trading Estate near Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The facility aims to complement Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's other waste and recycling facilities such as EnviroSort at Norton.
The EfW facility is reported to be the largest single piece of capital infrastructure in Worcestershire and Herefordshire and marks the virtual elimination of landfill in the two counties. It is expected to turn 200,000 tonnes per year of waste into electricity, exporting 15.5MW of electricity to the grid which is said to be sufficient to power all the homes in Kidderminster.
EnviRecover was procured by the Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's waste management contractor Mercia Waste Management. The first waste was delivered into the facility in October 2016 for commissioning trials, and since then there has been a progressive involvement from Mercia’s sister company, Severn Waste Services, who will operate the facility under its environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency.
Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for environment, said: "The facility will significantly benefit residents in both counties and make a major contribution to regional renewable energy generation."
Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council cabinet member for contracts and assets, added: “With landfill capacity in short supply, the new facility will accept and safely treat the region’s non-recyclable waste, and provide a valuable source of electricity for many years to come.”
According to Javier Peiro at Mercia Waste Management: “Delivering this type of infrastructure build on time, on budget and on spec is a rarity. EnviRecover completes our multi-layered recycling, resource and waste management operations and marks the end of the two counties’ reliance on landfill. “