A new £200 million energy-from-waste plant in Oxfordshire has exported its first electricity to the National Grid.
The Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is expected to process around 300,000 tonnes of residual waste every year – generating enough electricity to power more than 38,000 homes.
Around 95% of municipal waste in Oxfordshire is to be diverted from landfill.
County Councillor David Nimmo Smith said: “This is excellent news and represents another step towards a more sustainable future for waste in Oxfordshire.
“It is very pleasing to know that what little does ‘go to waste’ will actually provide power and not go into unsustainable landfill.”