HRH the Duke of Gloucester opens state of the art energy recovery facility

The 25 year PFI contract is the biggest in Staffordshire County Council’s history and is set to deliver tax savings to the residents of Staffordshire of about £10 million a year to a total of over £250 million during its twenty-five year life.

The facility, which has been built with the latest technologies has been developed by Veolia in partnership with CNIM Clugston Staffordshire Ltd and is helping Staffordshire County Council to reach its target of Zero Waste to Landfill.

The facility will generate enough power for 35,000 homes and has created 40 new jobs.

During construction, this project has helped the local economy by sourcing 87% of the workforce and a large proportion of the supply chain locally.

Speaking at the event, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Executive Vice President UK and Ireland said:

“The development of the new plant is all part of the 'Zero Waste to Landfill' strategy, which is tackling head on the growing problem of domestic waste. We are dedicated to maximising recycling first, and then recovering energy from the leftover residual waste."

“New infrastructure like this, which utilises the latest technologies, is vital if the UK is to meet landfill diversion targets and reduce carbon emissions. It can also bring significant economic benefits and by working closely with Staffordshire County Council we are helping stimulate economic growth and improve environmental performance.”

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said:

“The Four Ashes W2R site provides us with a leading facility which delivers huge savings, renewable energy, jobs and an educational offer."

“It is another example of how we have successfully carried out a major infrastructure project which will make a real difference to Staffordshire people. It means we are meeting our zero waste to landfill pledge and creating energy for homes and business at the same time, which is becoming increasingly important. In addition to the facility generating energy for the grid, we are also looking to use heat created for nearby business sites."

“In developing the facility, 85 per cent of the construction workforce came from Staffordshire while 95 per cent of equipment used was procured from the county.

“Throughout development we have worked with the community alongside our partners Veolia and will continue to do so. An education centre on site will be open to schools from Staffordshire and the surrounding areas – helping young people understand why it is important to recycle and that energy is a finite resource.”

Notes to editors:

  • 95% of the equipment used during construction was procured from Staffordshire
  • 85% of the construction workforce were from Staffordshire
  • 70% of the materials used during construction were from the local area
  • 60% of the permanent staff are from Staffordshire
  • £250m of savings for Staffordshire tax payers over the next 25 years
  • Each year we will be diverting 300,000 tonnes of local waste from landfill which will generate enough electricity to power 35,000 homes.

During the project we have had regular meetings with our community liaison group to ensure that people in the local area had the opportunity to find out more about the facility and we send them regular community updates.

Veolia are committed to working with the local community and during the project we have:

  • Donated £6,000 to local schools for environmental project·         
  • Volunteered in the local community
  • Worked with Keele University to produce a teachers resource pack