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Viridor’s Peterborough ERF shortlisted for National Recycling Awards

03rd April 2016

Viridor’s newest Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), the recently opened £72m Fengate facility, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The state-of-the-art plant is one of the most efficient in the UK and will reduce the amount of carbon the city produces by 10,000 tonnes per year, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable Peterborough.

The ERF has been recognised as one of the Best Energy from Waste Initiatives in the UK this year and enables the City of Peterborough to divert 85,000 tonnes of residual (black bag) waste from landfill each year. Vital energy is recovered offering the city another important step towards a decentralised energy network generating enough power for 15,000 homes.

The annual National Recycling Awards look to showcase and celebrate innovations and developments in the resource sector, with the tangible benefits for the economy and the environment at the heart of the selection criteria. The Peterborough ERF submission was focused around the partnership between local authority and private sector, the first of it’s kind to date in the UK, to deliver a solution that offers sustainable waste management but also environmental and financial benefits to Peterborough City Council.

Alan Cumming, Capital Projects and Engineering Director for Viridor said: “This shortlisting is fantastic recognition for everyone that has been involved in the project including our project partners Babcock and Wilcox Volund and Interserve, from its inception, construction and continuing to the everyday operations the facility has set the highest standards. The innovative partnership between Peterborough City Council and Viridor has delivered a real asset for the City for the next 30 years, and is the latest to be brought in to operation in Viridor’s ERF portfolio.”

Richard Pearn, Waste Partnership Manager for Peterborough City Council also commented: “This nomination is recognition of Peterborough’s forward-thinking waste strategy and the years of work that have gone in to the construction of one of the UK’s most efficient ERFs. The state-of-the-art plant is now generating energy, and income, for the council and diverts the city’s waste away from landfill.”

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