His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester officially opened EnviRecover – FCC’s’ flagship waste treatment facility today. The facility is operated by the company through Severn Waste Services as part of its contract with Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester joined the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, representatives from Severn Waste Services, Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, along with other invited guests. The official opening included a tour of the facility and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
EnviRecover is located on the Hartlebury Trading Estate near Kidderminster, Worcestershire in the United Kingdom. The facility will complement Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's other waste and recycling facilities, such as EnviroSort at Norton.
During its construction the EnviRecover Plant was the largest infrastructure project in the region, it will deliver a massive reduction in the use of landfill for the disposal of household waste in the two counties.
It will transform up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year (that's the equivalent of over 13 million black wheelie bins of waste!) into enough electricity to power 32,000 homes.
This official opening follows the handover of EnviRecover to Severn Waste Services in early March. The first waste was delivered into the facility in October 2016 for commissioning trials.
FCC Group’s CEO, Carlos M. Jarque, said: ”Today we should all feel proud of the delivery of a reliable and strong, long term cost effective solution, that will reduce reliance on landfill, generate renewable energy from the waste that cannot be recycled, and benefit all the residents of both Worcestershire and Herefordshire.”
The facility was built on time and to specification after a 33-month construction programme by Mercia Waste Management, and will be operated by Severn Waste Services. Both companies are 50% owned by FCC Environment.
Severn Waste Services is the public face of municipal waste management in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, operating facilities for its sister company, Mercia Waste Management. The partnership signed an initial 25-year contract with Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council in December 1998. This contract brought an integrated waste management service to the two counties, leading to the more sustainable management of municipal waste. Severn Waste Services and Mercia Waste Management are 50% owned by FCC Environment.