North Yorkshire waste plant declared open

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Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire

Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire has been declared fully operational.

Operated by Amey, the waste plant will transform 320,000 tonnes of waste from households in North Yorkshire and York into enough power for at least 40,000 homes.

It combines mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and Energy from Waste (EfW) technologies.

The three-year build programme reached its final construction milestone on 1 March when it formally moved into its 35-year operation phase following independent commissioning and testing.

Built on a former quarry and adjacent to a landfill site, the project was completed within budget under the government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.

Amey predicts anaerobic digestion and EfW treatment on the plant will generate around 218GWh electricity per year which will power both the facility and a nearby town.

The EfW process will generate around 74,000 tonnes of ash which will be turned into construction-related materials for use on highways and infrastructure projects.

Andy Milner, chief executive of Amey, said: “A decade ago we were not in this market. Now we have one plant live, two on the way in Milton Keynes and the Isle of Wight, and one planning application submitted in Cambridgeshire.

“I am also pleased we have made a positive impact on local employment with close to 100 employees working on the site recruited from the local area.”


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