On 1st October 2007, Veolia began a 27 year contract to provide waste services for the County.
This means that Veolia has taken on responsibility for collecting, reducing, recycling, recovering and disposing of household waste on behalf of Shropshire Council.
We will make a capital investment of more than £100m in waste infrastructure over the period of the contract to support a fully-integrated strategy for managing Shropshire’s waste.
There are plans for a number of proposals to enhance waste services across the county and to reduce the amount of household waste that is sent to landfill from 65 per cent in 2005/6 to just five per cent by 2015.
There are a number of proposals which include:
- Increasing Shropshire’s recycling levels to more than 50 per cent by 2012
- Introducing a kerbside plastic bottle collection service across the county by 2011
- Construction of two new integrated waste management facilities (IWMF) in Oswestry and Bridgnorth which will include household recycling centres and waste transfer stations. The Oswestry facility opened in July 2009. A Bridgnorth facility should be opened by February 2012.
- Construction of an in-vessel composting facility, which will allow the treatment of all compostable wastes, including all food waste – turning it into valuable, peat-free compost whilst significantly reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. A site has been found and a planning application was submitted in late 2011.
- Provision of an Energy from Waste Facility at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury that will eventually produce enough electricity from residual waste to power over 10,000 homes each year.