What is being proposed?
A new Advanced Energy Recovery Facility near Alton.
What is happening?
The Government has launched a new environmental plan to ensure the UK recycles more and nothing is sent to landfill. This will reduce the UK's carbon impact and help to tackle the climate crisis.
To fit with this plan, Hampshire needs to increase recycling including plastic pots, tubs and trays that cannot currently be handled by the existing recycling facilities at Alton and Portsmouth. A larger hi-tech replacement recycling facility is being considered on a single site at a more central location and that means Alton may become available.
At the same time the existing three Energy Recovery Facilities in Hampshire, which are successfully operated by Veolia in Portsmouth, Marchwood and Chineham, are full. More capacity is needed to treat residual waste that can't be recycled.
Therefore, we are proposing to develop an Advanced Energy Recovery Facility near Alton, using the latest clean technology to treat 330,000tpa of residual waste and create enough electricity to power 75,000 homes.
What is Energy Recovery?
Energy Recovery is a multi-stage process of converting waste into power for the National Grid. Electricity is generated by way of a steam turbine. The plant will be powered by the residual waste that can't be recycled. This will be the most energy-efficient plant we have built. It will also introduce new technology to allow for the recovery of additional metals. This will further boost the carbon benefits of the proposal.
What happens next?
Veolia has now submitted an application for a new Advanced Energy Recovery Facility to Hampshire County Council. You can find out more about this by visiting the Application page, available here.