An energy from waste centre the size of two Premier League football pitches has been fully completed in Oxfordshire.
The centre located in Bicester, Ardley will turn around 300,000 tonnes of waste into electricity a year and should power roughly 38,000 homes. Waste company Viridor which is running the Oxford Energy Recovery Centre said it should divert around 95% of rubbish from landfill.
Councillor David Nimmo Smith, who looks after the environment for the council said: “Oxfordshire is the best county council in the country at recycling and composting and this new facility will generate electricity from the waste that is not recycled. Diverting waste away from landfill will significantly reduce the amount of methane gas released to our environment.”
July 2014 saw the plant’s first export of electricity to the National Grid.