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Viridor cuts road miles to offer local energy recovery solution to Warrington

05th October 2020

Viridor and Warrington Borough Council have agreed a new 52,000 tonnes a year non-recyclable household waste contract supported by the company’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) with an emphasis on a local solution to reduce road miles.

The contract, which started earlier this year, serves Cheshire’s largest town (200,000 residents and approximately 90,000 households) for an initial three years with the option of a further two years. The estimated contract value over a five-year period is £30m. 

Viridor Commercial Director Paul Ringham said the contract sees Viridor working with local company, Widnes-based waste transfer station partner, WSR Recycling. WSR turns the waste from kerbside (black bag) collections, community recycling centres and street cleaning waste into fuel and transport it to Viridor’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). 

Mr Ringham said: “The key to securing this contract was the locally available alternative to taking the material to landfill. We are processing the material at our £452m Runcorn ERF, a sophisticated combined heat and power plant. The contract will provide improved economic and environmental benefits to Warrington Borough Council. 

“Runcorn generates up to 564 GWh of electricity, enough to power the site itself and in excess of 150,000 homes. In addition, it creates 51 MW of heat for the exclusive use of the nearby INOVYN chemical manufacturing site. This contract will contribute to Warrington’s sustainability targets.” 

Ian Brackenbury, Operations and Commercial Services Manager for Warrington Borough Council said: “Warrington is pleased to be working with Viridor on a contract which offers a local waste management solution which not only diverts non-recyclable waste from landfill but also generates low carbon heat and power. The opportunity to put non-recyclable waste to work in a way which contributes both resource and energy efficiency is crucial to Warrington’s own sustainability and environmental goals.”

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