Leeds waste contract signed

Leeds City Council has signed a contract with Veolia to build and run the city’s planned incinerator.
Officially awarding the contract to Veolia ES Aurora Ltd marks another milestone in the council’s plans to deal with waste and push up recycling rates.
Subject to planning permission, the proposed ‘recycling and energy recovery facility’ on the Cross Green Industrial Estate will provide Leeds with a long-term solution to waste going to landfill.
The council’s landfill tax bill last year was £9.2 million and this is set to increase by around £1.5 million every year. It is estimated the proposed facility will save the council £200 million over 25 years compared to the costs of continuing to landfill this household waste.
If planning permission is granted, all of Leeds’ black bin waste will be sorted at the facility to remove metal, paper, cardboard and plastics for recycling.
Up to 214,000 tonnes of waste a year will be sorted at the facility and only leftover waste will be burned under tightly controlled conditions. During this process enough electricity will be made to power 20,000 homes.
Neil Evans, Leeds City Council’s director of environment and neighbourhoods, said:
“As part of the council’s overall waste strategy, the facility will play a big part in increasing recycling and moving Leeds away from burying waste in landfill.

“Signing the contract was the next step in our timetable to provide the city with a long-term solution that turns waste into a valuable resource.”

Subject to planning approval, building work on the facility would start in summer 2013 and would be operational by 2016.

Notes to editors:
  • Veolia were approved as the council’s preferred bidder in November 2011(http://newsfeed.leedsvirtualnewsroom.co.uk/2011/11/senior-councillors-approve-preferred.html).

  • A planning application for the ‘recycling and energy recovery facility’ was submitted by Veolia on 18 June 2012.

  • In addition to the £200m that the Veolia proposal will save the council, a further £130 million is to be provided to the council by the government towards the project over the life of the contract.

  • It is standard industry practice to sign these contracts before a decision is taken on the planning application.

  • The planning authority has an independent role and will consider the application purely on its planning related merits and not in terms of contractual matters or obligations.

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