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WASTE NOT: Hertfordshire council to stop sending waste to landfills by 2025

 Published on: 27th June 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have announced plans to no longer send its residual waste to landfill sites from 2025 onwards, following the signing of new contracts.

Any waste produced by the council that cannot be reused, recycled or composted will now be sent to energy recovery facilities instead.

There, it will be used to generate electricity, as part of a far cleaner alternative to fossil fuels.

The new contracts will begin in 2024 and run for a further ten years afterwards, with an option for the contact to be extended by another five years.

The contracts include three seperate ones with Cory Topco Ltd, as well as ones with Indaver Rivenhall Ltd, Viridor Oxfordshire and Veolia ES UK.

Approximately 52 per cent of the 540,000 tonnes of waste produced by HCC is reused, recycled or composted. Currently, the remaining waste is managed through short-term contracts where some of the waste goes to landfill and some goes to energy companies.

Once new shredding facilities are operational and the long-term contracts come into play, no waste produced by the council will go to landfill sites.

Councillor Eric Buckmaster, the executive member for the environment, said: “We want to create a cleaner and greener environment in Hertfordshire, so being able to stop sending waste to landfill sites is really a significant step for us.

“Of course, we want to help our residents throw away less, and to reuse or recycle as much as possible, but we’re still left with around 250,000 tonnes a year that we need to dispose of, and these new contracts will help us do that in a more environmentally sustainable way.”

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