A single pear tree marked the beginning of the construction journey for Buckinghamshire’s energy from waste (EfW) plant at Greatmoor yesterday (Thursday September 5).
The pear is the first in an orchard being planted by the EfW project developer, FCC Environment, to complement the setting of Lower Greatmoor Farm, a grade 2 listed building, next door to the site of the plant.
It will be joined by a full range of fruit trees, including apple, plum, pear, walnut and quince, together with a mixed berry hedgerow – all specified in the Ecological Management Plan for the EfW project.
Paul Taylor, FCC Environment – “The start of this project underscores FCC Environment’s capability to provide important public services to local authorities – services that are efficient, of high quality and that are cost effective”
FCC Environment will start work on the £275m contract, later this month. The EfW plant will convert annually 300,000 tonnes of waste, that cannot be recycled, into enough energy to power up to 36,000 homes, and save more than £150m in the life of the contract when compared to landfilling the waste. A new access road will link the A41 with the site to take waste lorries away from local villages.
The plant will create 300 construction jobs during building and 60 permanent jobs once it is finished in Spring 2016.
Paul Taylor, Chief Executive of FCC Environment, said: “The start of this project underscores FCC Environment’s capability to provide important public services to local authorities – services that are efficient, of high quality and that are cost effective.
“Together with our principal contractors, we are looking forward to getting down to work with the County Council to deliver a sustainable waste treatment facility that the people of Buckinghamshire will value and be proud of.
The 30 year contract will result in environmental benefits such as low carbon energy generation, which would be the equivalent to making the County Council carbon-neutral for 60 years.
Buckinghamshire’s aim is to increase the amount of waste being recycled or composted from its current level of 45 percent to 60 percent by 2025
The £275m Energy from Waste (EfW) contract was signed between Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environment in July 2012.
An integrated waste transfer system will feed the EfW plant at Greatmoor with household waste: directly from north and mid-Buckinghamshire, and through bulked transfer stations from the south of the county. The system will minimise waste vehicle movements around Buckinghamshire.