The facility is being developed at a site in Four Ashes, South Staffordshire, to meet the County Council’s ambitious plans to deliver up to £250m of savings for Staffordshire residents over the next 25 years, whilst at the same time delivering on its commitments to divert waste away from landfill. The operation will generate enough energy to power 32,000 homes from the residual waste left over after recycling has been undertaken.
Stephen Martin, Clugston Group chief executive, said: “This is a really exciting project to be involved with, one of the most challenging and exciting projects of its kind in the UK today. We are really looking forward to working on the facility with our technology partner CNIM and our local supply chain. It will bring real benefits in terms of both jobs and boosting the county’s economy.”
Staffordshire County council leader Philip Atkins said: “This plant will help neighbouring councils in Walsall, Sandwell and Warwickshire to handle their non-recyclable residual waste, and ensure that the Staffordshire plant can operate at maximum efficiency, minimising costs for residents.”
Tom Spaul, chief operating officer and executive director of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc, said: “The start of work on site was an exciting moment for the company.
“We have dedicated significant resources to developing the most efficient, cost effective, sustainable and environmentally sophisticated solution to Staffordshire’s residual waste problems. Backed by our local team this project is very important to us and we are now looking forward to bringing this technology on stream as soon as possible.”