Have your say on Cross Green Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility

Leeds residents are being encouraged to join the debate on the proposed Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at the former wholesale market site on Pontefract Lane, in the Cross Green area.

Veolia Environmental Services is planning to build a waste treatment plant on behalf of Leeds City Council which is capable of boosting recycling rates and generating electricity for the National Grid by burning household waste that cannot be recycled.

Individuals and community representatives from the local area are invited to play a role influencing the future plans for the facility. Veolia is calling for people to join its Community Liaison Group and shape the proposals, construction and operations at the facility.

John O’Sullivan, Project Director at Veolia Environmental Services, said: “Leeds sent over 200,000 tonnes to landfill last year and we want to provide an alternative solution that will boost recycling, generate energy and divert more waste from landfill.

"We are looking for people who can meet with us regularly and influence the development, construction and operations at the proposed facility. Working and engaging with the community is key to how we operate as a organisation and is a vital part of our future in the city.”

Veolia are proposing to submit a planning application in spring 2012 for a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility that will treat Leeds’ black bin household waste for 25 years.

The facility will mechanically sort waste to remove materials for recycling and will burn the remaining waste under controlled conditions to generate energy. It will enable the city to move away from the current reliance on landfill and help boost household recycling rates in Leeds to meets its target of 55% by 2016, with a long-term target to exceed 60%.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the community group can contact Veolia by calling their dedicated freephone information line on 0800 085 8980 emailing [email protected] or visiting www.veolia.co.uk/leeds

For more information please contact:
Kevin Parker
Regional Communications Manager    
Veolia Environmental Services   
Mobile (07909 883226)    
Email: [email protected]
Or visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/Leeds  
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