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Supporting the drive to a circular city as Peterborough ERF shortlisted

31st October 2016

Viridor’s cutting-edge Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Fengate, Peterborough has made the final cut at this year’s Public Sector Sustainability awards for the partnership between the leading recycler and Peterborough City Council to transform non-recyclable household waste into energy to power around 16,000 homes.

These prestigious awards have been acknowledging great achievements in the public sector for the past five years and give companies the opportunity to highlight their commitment to public sector organisations showcasing sustainable solutions within their estates and facilities.

The ERF has also been recently recognised through the annual industry awards by achieving a shortlisting at the Renewable Energy Association and National Recycling Awards. At the core of each submission was the innovative nature of the public-private partnership between Peterborough City Council and Viridor (the first of its kind in the UK), which will enable the city to reduce its carbon footprint by 10,000 tonnes a year, benefit from the electricity sales for the next 30 years and annually divert 85,000 tonnes of household and business waste away from landfill.

Ian Smith, Director of ERF Operations for Viridor said: “We work closely with Peterborough City Council to transform what residents throw away in their bins into powering homes in the city. Being recognised at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards is a fantastic achievement, showcasing the innovative nature of our partnership with Peterborough City Council. With the facility now operational we welcomed over 70 members of the public around the ERF to explore how we transform waste into energy and look forward to welcoming more of the community over the course of the year.”

Councillor Gavin Elsey, Cabinet member for Digital, Waste and Street Scene added: “It is fantastic to see the ERF facility being recognised at such a high level and is testament to the great work that Viridor and Peterborough City Council are producing. Being shortlisted for this award really showcases that Peterborough, as one of the UK’s fastest growing cities, is being acknowledged for future proofing the way it’s waste is managed. Rather than sending waste to landfill, it will be turned into electricity saving the city £1 million every year for the next three decades.”

The awards will take place on the 17 November 2016 at London Excel.

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