Big plans in place for waste

Foundations at Viridor’s £252m Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) in Avonmouth are now taking shape with concrete piles creating a solid base for the main development.

To mark the construction progress to date Viridor welcomed members of its local authority partners, the Somerset Waste Partnership, and other stakeholders from the West of England, to review the work underway at the Severn Road construction site.

The Avonmouth RRC is the latest project in a £1.5bn investment in next-generation recycling and recovery facilities by Viridor’s parent company, South West-based Pennon Group Plc. Eight other Viridor energy recovery facilities s are already operating successfully in the UK and three more are under construction or in
commissioning.

Once operational the Avonmouth RRC will offer an alternative to landfilling non-recyclable waste from households and businesses and safely transform it into enough renewable energy to power around 44,000 homes.

There are already over 130 contractors working at the site and, following Viridor’s commitment to support the local economy during construction, the site has already spent over £2m within a 20-mile radius of Avonmouth. Viridor and its construction partners have already signed deals with firms to supply mobile plant and aggregate and look forward to supporting more local companies in the coming months.

Sir John Parker, Chairman of Pennon Group Plc, said: “We were delighted to host our partners and interested parties to see at first hand the excellent progress made by the onsite team in the last few months.

We are using our experienced team, drawn from across our UK energy recovery network, who have proven how to safely build energy recovery facilities on time and on budget to ensure that we are able to offer a vital landfill diversion service to our local authority partners and businesses in the Bristol area from 2020.”

Mickey Green, Managing Director of Somerset Waste Partnership, said: “The Somerset Waste Partnership manages the waste from more than 250,000 Somerset homes, with one of the highest recycling rates in the country and recycling in the UK 94% of what we collect. The Avonmouth RRC forms the cornerstone of our
ambitions to help Somerset residents to waste less, recycle even more and – for whatever is left over – switch from a reliance on landfill to resource recovery from 2020. We value our partnership with Viridor, which helps us ensure Somerset’s waste is never wasted but given new life as a valuable resource.”

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