Location: Creighton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Cllr Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, and his deputy Cllr Clive Harriss, of Buckinghamshire County Council hosted a visit by the Wyndham Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard and senior staff to the Greatmoor Waste to Energy Facility.
They were accompanied by Roger Seed, Waste Contracts Team Leader at Buckinghamshire County Council and Jez Elkin, Waste Awareness and Education Manager at FCC Environment who operate the facility for the council.
The Greatmoor Waste to Energy Facility is the largest single grate energy from waste facility in the UK. Construction started in September 2013 and was completed in June 2016. The facility will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste, diverting it from landfill and generating enough electricity to supply 36,000 houses in the process.
Buckinghamshire County Council funded funded £181 million towards the cost of the facility. The total circa £300 million cost is the lifetime cost of the facility, e.g. includes gate fees and other contract costs on top of the £181m construction cost, for the next 30 years. It was constructed by Hitachi Zosen Inova and is operated by FCC Environment for Buckinghamshire County Council on a 30-year contract. The council provides 100,000 tonnes of residual waste and has significantly reduced its waste disposal costs by building additional capacity that is sold by FCC to other councils and commercial waste companies.
Waste is brought to the facility from surrounding areas by road, mostly in large trucks from transfer stations, and 60,000 tonnes per annum is brought from London by rail.
The planning approval for the facility received opposition from nearby parishes. The objections mainly related to amenity (seeing a large industrial building in the countryside), concerns about emissions, and the impact of traffic. The facility is next to an operating landfill, and the previous use of the land as a quarry and brick factory created a precedent for the facility. Traffic concerns were addressed through the construction of the new 4km access road.
The Buckinghamshire County Council is pleased with the performance of the facility. They are achieving their target of only 5% of waste going to landfill and saving £5M a year in waste disposal costs.
Buckinghamshire County Council has a 57% recycling diversion and has now invested in a cost effective and reliable method to dispose of their residual waste and recover its energy.
For further information http://www.greatmoor.co.uk/greatmoor-energy-from-waste