A STATE-OF-THE-ART incinerator in Leeds will help the city save £7m a year in financial and environmental costs – more than twice the original estimate.
The Cross Green incinerator in east Leeds is resulting in ‘significant environmental and financial benefits to the council and the city,’ according to a new report.
Deliveries of household waste to the facility started last year and all of Leeds’ black bin waste is now being treated at the site.
The building work, testing phase and handover to the council has also been completed three months earlier than previously predicted.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “It’s testament to the sheer hard graft of everyone involved that the new facility is not only up and running, but operational changes for bin collections have been seamless with limited impact on residents.
“We wanted to ensure that we had a sustainable solution for Leeds’ waste that would limit our impact on the environment while offering us financial savings. The recycling and energy recovery facility gives us just that.”
Leeds City Council’s executive board will hear more about the city’s new recycling and energy recovery facility during a meeting on April 20.
Paul Fowler, general manager at Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the incinerator in east Leeds, said: “The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility [RERF] is a major change, allowing the council to move away from a reliance on landfill.”
Mr Fowler added: “As well as working in partnership with the council and managing the facility throughout its operational life, Veolia look forward both to the continued liaison with the local community and any future opportunities to contribute to further environmental improvements.”