A UK waste management arm of a French water company has signed an agreement to manage residual household waste and recycling in Cornwall.
The 30-year revised contract between SITA UK, subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT and Cornwall Council includes the firm building and operating an energy-from-waste facility in St Dennis, a village in Cornwall. The agreement, which was originally signed in October 2006, follows years of delays due to local opposition.
SITA UK is expected to treat up to 240,000 tonnes of waste per year, which will generate electricity equivalent to powering around 21,000 homes.
Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT said: “Building on a strong performance in the delivery of the first six years of this contract we now have a clear path to proceed with the delivery of the much needed Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre which will reduce the county’s reliance on landfill and create energy by putting residual waste to good use.”
Funding for SITA Cornwall will be provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Helaba. The facility is expected to be operational in 2016.