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Javelin Park EfW plant becomes fully operational

The controversial Javelin Park energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Gloucestershire is now fully operational, following a lengthy delay due to planning protests.

The Javelin Park EfW facility in Gloucestershire

The plant, which is under contract for the next 25 years, will now be accepting up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste each year from local homes and household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), producing over 116,000 megawatt hours (MWh) for the National Grid every year – enough energy to power 25,000 homes.

The facility moved from the commissioning stage to operational in October, but the construction team has been working since then to address any remaining snags and complete the outdoor wildlife area.

An on-site Visitor Centre will be opened for use next month, providing educational tours, courses and workshops for schools, colleges and universities.

Commenting on the announcement, General Manager Stacey Wright said: “We are pleased to have advanced to being fully operational from the commissioning phase and that the first few months have proceeded as planned.

“We are now making great progress on our Visitor Centre, living wall and our commemorative mural depicting the history of the site. From next month onwards, we hope to begin hosting visits and tours for community and educational groups to show how the county’s waste is being treated and converted into energy and useful byproducts, and how the facility supports Gloucestershire’s recycling activities.”

Councillor Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning for Gloucestershire County Council, added: “Javelin Park is a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution for processing the county’s waste that can’t be recycled. It will generate enough power for 25,000 homes, massively reduces carbon and saves the taxpayer £100 million over 25 years.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s £500-million incineration project with Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) has faced significant backlash since the contract was first agreed in 2012. Although planning permission was granted in 2015, opposition has been led by Stroud-based environmental group Community R4C, which has presented plans for a ‘more safe, cost-effective and sustainable’ alternative waste treatment facility.

The community group filed a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority in April 2017 arguing that the Javelin Park incinerator would not provide value for money and would break competition law, before taking Gloucestershire County Council to the High Court in January 2019 over an alleged breach of procurement law.

You can find more information on the EfW facility’s website.

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