In 2015/16 Hertfordshire County Council dealt with c528,000 tonnes of Local Authority Collected Waste of which c262,000 tonnes were reused, recycled or composted. The remaining c265,000 tonnes of residual waste was disposed of, with over half sent to Landfill and the remainder transported by road and treated at energy from waste facilities in North London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Over the coming years with additional housing anticipated, residual Local Authority waste is expected to rise to over 340,000 tonnes a year.
Veolia has submitted an application for planning permission to develop a new high-efficiency Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Hertfordshire at Rye House, Hoddesdon. The site lies adjacent to an existing gas-fired power station and other waste treatment facilities in the industrial area off Ratty's Lane.
Designed to treat waste that is left over following recycling and composting the facility will have a maximum capacity of 350,000 tonnes enabling all of Hertfordshire’s residual Local Authority waste to be treated within Hertfordshire. If approved, the facility will generate 33.5 Megawatt electric (MWe) gross of low carbon electricity to the National Grid - the equivalent input to the National Grid of 69,000 typical households. Construction of the facility will create around 300 jobs and the ERF will require 40 permanent staff once operational.
Veolia carried out a four-week period of public engagement last summer and all of the feedback received was considered when finalising the proposals.
The planning application can be found here. We have included the Non-Technical Summary from the application in the Useful Documents section of the website.
Veolia currently manage municipal waste contracts for four of the 10 waste collection authorities in Hertfordshire (North Herts District Council, East Herts District Council, Watford Borough Council and St Albans City and District Council). We also provide commercial waste collection, recycling and treatment services to businesses across Hertfordshire from our depot in St Albans.
Please visit the Council's website for the latest information on our planning application.