A contract to divert 20,000 tonnes of waste from landfill in Merseyside has been inked.
The deal between waste company Viridor and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) aims to bring environmental and economic benefits for the county.
The waste will be transformed into renewable energy in the form of electricity and heat at Viridor’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF).
The ERF can handle up to 850,000 tonnes of waste a year, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe, the company claims.
Viridor was chosen as the preferred bidder on the basis of improved cost and environmental impact.
Alex Murray, Director of Operations for the MRWA, said: “We are pleased to have established a waste solution which provides greater environmental benefits to the local community such as landfill diversion and that offers a reduced cost to the residents of Merseyside.”