The new £72 million construction, on the city’s Fengate industrial estate, is part of the UK’s largest network of landfill diversion and energy recovery facilities.
It is operated by recycling and renewable energy company Viridor and is a significant step towards Peterborough City Council’s zero waste ambitions – being able to divert 95 per cent of the city’s non-recyclable waste from landfill and using it as fuel to generate electricity. The city is aiming to become the UK’s Environment Capital.
The ERF facility is able to process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual (black bag) waste per year, representing an electricity generation capacity of 7.25 MW – this is enough to power over 11,000 households and reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 10,000 tonnes annually.
The project will receive payment from the sale of electricity to the National Grid. The diversion of waste from landfill will also help the local authority save money by avoiding the landfill tax.
Alan Cumming, Capital Projects Director for Viridor, said: “Peterborough ERF is a great new asset for our partners Peterborough City Council.
“It is fantastic to see another world-class facility delivered safely and on schedule, this is the sixth ERF Viridor has delivered in the last 18 months. The project has delivered a significant economic boost for the area with over 250 workers employed during the construction phase, and will provide 28 full time jobs and ongoing supply chain opportunities now the facility is operational.”