Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility up and running
The Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility is now fully operational and set to process up to 190,000 tonnes of the county’s waste each year.
The facility will turn residual waste from Gloucestershire’s homes and household recycling centres (HRCs) into over 116,000MWh of electricity each year, enough to power around 25,000 homes.
It will also recycle aggregates and metals recovered in the process.
As well as reducing the county’s reliance on landfill and contributing to the National Grid, the facility has a dedicated visitor centre and outdoor wildlife area which will offer educational tours, courses, meeting spaces, and workshops from next month.
The plant is managed by infrastructure partnership Urbaser Balfour Beatty, which is under contract for the next 25 years.
It transitioned from commissioning to operations at the end of October 2019, with the remaining construction team working since then to address snags and complete the outdoor wildlife area.
Stacey Wright, general manager at the facility, said: “We are pleased to have advanced to being fully operational from the commissioning phase and that the first few months have proceeded as planned.
“From next month onwards, we hope to begin hosting visits and tours for community and educational groups to show how the county’s waste is being treated and converted into energy and useful byproducts, and how the facility supports Gloucestershire’s recycling activities.”