One million tonnes of rubbish transformed into energy

Viridor and Oxfordshire County Council marked the one millionth tonne of residual waste received at the Ardley Energy Recovery Facility last week, all of it used to create valuable renewable energy.

Construction of the Ardley ERF began next to the existing landfill site on 16 November 2011 with the first waste received at the site on 5 June 2014. In April 2014 Viridor announced the closure of the landfill site after 35 years so that the non-recyclable waste could be used as an energy from waste resource instead. The ERF produces enough energy to power 38,000 homes and can export up to 27MW per hour of electricity to the grid.

Viridor’s managing director of major contracts, Chris Jonas, said the company was proud to recognise this landmark moment. “Viridor and Oxfordshire County Council share a goal of recycling first and taking the residual waste – that which cannot be recycled – and giving it a new purpose,” he added. “In this case this was achieved by transforming the non-recyclable waste into renewable energy and diverting more than 95% from landfill.

“Together Viridor and the county council have also created an award-winning education centre where future generations are taught the value of recycling and the vital role it plays in partnership with renewable energy. It is here that many people hear about the waste hierarchy – and the need to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover – for the first time.”

Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Yvonnne Constance, said: “I am delighted to see the Ardley Energy Recovery Facility reach this milestone. The service this facility provides in converting waste produced by the residents of Oxfordshire into valuable electricity is excellent. I look forward to continuing to work with Viridor to maximise even further the environmental benefits the ERF brings, particularly energy generation.”

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