Peterborough opens £72m energy recovery facility

A £72 million waste to energy facility has officially been opened in Peterborough. It has the capacity to process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and is […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A £72 million waste to energy facility has officially been opened in Peterborough.

It has the capacity to process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and is expected to generate 7.25MW of electricity.

That’s enough to power more than 11,000 households, according to waste management firm Viridor.

It could also reduce carbon emissions by around 10,000 tonnes a year.

The project will enable Peterborough City Council to divert up to 95% of its non-recyclable waste from landfill.

Cllr John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council said: “The Energy from Waste facility gives Peterborough a much needed alternative to landfill. Rather than sending waste to landfill, it will be turned into electricity saving the city £1 million every year for the next three decades.”

Last month Viridor started building a waste to energy facility in South London.