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Allerton Park incinerator goes fully operational

Allerton Park Waste recovery park generates electricity from rubbish credit:Amey

7:10am 7th March 2018
(Updated 4:36pm 7th March 2018)

A waste recovery park for North Yorkshire and York is now fully operational.

The start of full service at Allerton Waste Recovery Park near Knaresborough is set to generate enough energy to power 40,000 homes a year from rubbish that would previously have gone into landfill.

The facility has the capacity to treat up to 320,000 tonnes of waste each year.

North Yorkshire's waste incinerator given go-ahead

North Yorkshire County Council says more than 90 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfill, as well as further increasing recycling.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said:

"We are delighted to see this project come to fruition and for Allerton Waste Recovery Park to begin full service.

"The facility is a step forward in the way the county treats its waste, by turning it into a resource and recovering energy from it - helping the UK to become less reliant on gas and coal for electricity

"Allerton Park is an important part of our plan for maximising the benefit from waste well into the future.

"It is not intended as an alternative to kerbside recycling by district councils or recycling through the county council's 22 household waste recycling centres.

"Those remain the best ways to recycle. But Allerton Park enables us to extract the last few remaining items of recyclable material."

The plant at Allerton Park was finally given the go-ahead in 2014, despite opposition from residents and many local councillors.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Acting Leader and Executive Member for the Environment at City of York Council, said:

“We will continue to support our residents to reduce the waste we produce and recycle more, but this treatment plant is a very effective and positive way to minimise the impact of non-recyclable waste.

“During the commissioning and testing, we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill and a benefit that some material going there is being recycled and reused.

"It saves money on expensive landfill taxes and even produces energy which we can sell back into the national grid.”

 

 

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