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Veolia awarded major waste-to-energy contract in Norfolk, UK

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Veolia has been awarded a six-year, £102 million (€112 million) waste-to-energy contract by Norfolk County Council in the UK.

Under the contract, starting in March 2021, the firm will manage the treatment of 180,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste, helping the county achieve zero waste to landfill status, reduce carbon, and save its taxpayers £2 million (€2.2 million) each year.

Moving away from landfill is a key part of the waste and resources strategy and treatment of Norfolk’s residual waste via energy recovery. The new contract will boost recycling, with metals and aggregate recovered in the process. Treatment will be based at a new facility at Rookery South, near Stewartby in Bedfordshire, which will generate enough electricity for 112,000 homes and create 50 jobs.

Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president of Veolia, UK & Ireland, said: “This contract is another significant step as we progress to zero landfill and a carbon-zero future in the UK. We are delighted by this decision by Norfolk County Council, and value the opportunity to work in partnership to advance sustainability by making significant carbon and financial savings for residents.”

“This new contract will deliver additional recycling and send zero waste direct to landfill, all while delivering better value for money for our residents,” said Councillor Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for environmental waste.

“More than that, by using rubbish as a fuel for power generation, it will help us achieve significant carbon savings and marks an important step in delivering a greener Norfolk.”

Veolia operates a network of 10 energy recovery facilities, turning non-recyclable waste into green electricity, and generating enough power for nearly half a million homes.