Work on a state-of-the-art waste treatment facility is now underway at the existing Allerton landfill site near Knaresborough.
The Allerton Waste Recovery Plant (AWRP) is the result of a joint project between North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and waste management company AmeyCespa . It is designed to save the councils around £250million on household waste treatment costs over the 25 year life of the contract.
Representatives from both the councils and Amey Cespa were on site yesterday ( 2 March) to take part in a ground breaking ceremony. “Starting construction on this facility marks the beginning of a new way of dealing with our household waste” said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for waste and countryside services.
“AWRP will treat the household waste left over after recycling and composting – and some commercial waste from local businesses and offices - through anaerobic digestion and energy from waste incineration. It will result in a significant reduction in North Yorkshire’s and York’s ‘carbon footprint’ and produce enough electricity to power a town the size of Harrogate”.
Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Communities at City of York Council, said: “This is the largest capital investment City of York Council has ever procured and we’re proud to be marking this ‘ground breaking’ milestone with everyone who has helped to make this happen.
“This is a fantastic example of how partnership working has really come together. AWRP will create a huge boost for our economy and for our region - creating hundreds of jobs for construction and operation, whilst significantly reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and helping to increase our recycling performance over and above the 44 per cent York residents already do.”
Work on a state-of-the-art waste treatment facility is now underway at the existing Allerton landfill site near Knaresborough. The Allerton Waste Recovery Plant (AWRP) is the result of a joint...