Veolia has been awarded a six-year, £102mn contract by Norfolk County Council to manage the treatment of 180,000tpa of waste.
On 11 August, it announced that, from March 2021, the contract will result in residual waste being transformed into energy, ensuring Norfolk can achieve zero waste to landfill status, reduce carbon, and save taxpayers £2mn each year. Treatment will be primarily based at the new state of the art facility at Rookery South, near Stewartby in Bedfordshire, which will generate electricity for 112,000 homes and creating 50 jobs.
Andy Grant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “This new contract will deliver additional recycling and send zero waste direct to landfill, all while delivering better value for money for our residents. More than that, by using rubbish as a fuel for power generation it will help us achieve significant carbon savings and marks an important step in delivering a greener Norfolk.”