Duke of Gloucester opens EnviRecover energy from waste facility

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HRH The Duke of Gloucester peering into the furnace at EnviRecover's EfW facility

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has officially opened EnviRecover-Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's waste treatment facility.

The official opening follows the handover of EnviRecover from main contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to Severn Waste Services in early March. The facility was built on time and to specification after a 33-month construction programme, according to FCC Environment, the parent company of Evesham-based Severn Waste Services who is the waste management specialist working in conjunction with Worcestershire and Herefordshire Councils and operating the Integrated Waste Management facilities for its sister company, Mercia Waste Management.

In December 1998, Mercia Waste Management signed a 25-year contract with Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council thereby bringing an integrated waste management service to the two counties.

EnviRecover is located on the Hartlebury Trading Estate near Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The plant was procured by 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. It is being operated by Mercia’s sister company, Severn Waste Services. FCC Environment said it complements other waste handling, treatment and recycling facilities, such as EnviroSort at Norton which it operates on behalf of the councils.

With the opening of the EfW facility, EnviRecover aims to transform up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year into enough electricity to power 32,000 homes.

Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for the environment, said: "We know that the environment is a priority for our residents and a sustainable environment is important for the economy. EnviRecover will turn waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill, into enough electricity to power 32,000 homes and this is great news for the region."

Tomás Núñez, director for FCC Environment International, added: “The opening of the EnviRecover energy from waste facility completes the last element of the Integrated Waste Management Contract, signed in 1998. EnviRecover will reduce reliance on landfill, generate renewable energy from waste that cannot otherwise be recycled and benefit all the residents of both Worcestershire and Herefordshire.”

Javier Peiro, managing director of waste management specialist Urbaser, said: “This has been a great success story in terms of the collaboration between Mercia, its shareholders and the local authorities. There has been a strong sense of co-operation between all the parties involved, enabling delivery of a world class facility that will see the virtual elimination of landfill for residual waste in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

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