FAQs

Viridor is happy to discuss its proposals for an Energy from Waste facility at Ardley and related issues with any interested groups or individuals. We have included some of the most commonly asked questions below.

We’ve grouped the questions as follows:
  • Types of waste used as fuel
  • Power and heat from the plant
  • Community consultation already undertaken
  • EfWs in the UK
  • Details of planning
  • Viridor and the Environment

Types of waste used as fuel

Are there proposals for the facility to handle dangerous wastes?
No. The site will only be licensed for the disposal of non-hazardous municipal and commercial wastes from which recyclable materials have been removed.

What is Municipal Solid Waste?
It comprises household waste collected from homes and other wastes that councils collect, such as street sweepings as well as materials taken by residents to the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Will the proposed EfW facility accept hazardous or clinical wastes?
No. It will only process non-hazardous wastes, comprising up to 150,000 tonnes a year of Municipal Solid Wastes and 150,000 tonnes a year of trade waste from local businesses.

What is residual waste?
Residual waste is what’s left after the removal of materials for reuse, recycling or composting.    Materials are and will continue to be separated by local councils before they are delivered to the facility, through normal kerbside segregation schemes, household waste recycling centres as well as other commercial and industrial waste producers in compliance with current pre-treatment regulations for such waste. 

Power and heat

How much electricity will be provided?
The plant will produce sufficient electricity to run the facility and to supply the grid with around 180,000 MWhs of electricity. 

Can you use the heat from the EfW for anything besides electricity generation?
In fact there would be residual heat available after electricity has been produced. Sometimes it is practicable to supply this in the form of steam or hot water to nearby businesses and new homes. At present, there is no suitable development near Ardley, so it is unlikely that Viridor will be able to do this but there may be opportunities during the lifetime of the contract.

Community Consultation already undertaken

What consultation has been undertaken?
Viridor has written directly to over 800 local residents within a 3km radius of the site, informing residents of public consultation events at Ardley Village Hall, enclosing an information leaflet relating to the proposed facility.

This website is also designed to accompany the consultation. The consultation also consists of briefings for local stakeholders and responding to queries received. Viridor welcomes and responds to feedback.

EfWs in the UK

What other EfW facilities are currently in use in the UK?
There are already 20 similar EfW facilities in the UK including, Teesside, London, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Does Viridor operate other EfWs?
It currently operates one clinical and confidential waste incinerator in Devon and has a 400,000 tonnes a year EfW facility under construction near Heathrow Airport, London. In July 2007, the company gained planning consent for an EfW CHP facility in Exeter.

Would an EFW facility compete with greater levels of recycling?
No.  Examples of best practice across Europe show that EfW can work alongside high levels of recycling.  It can significantly improve resource efficiency. 

Details of planning

Will local residents be affected by noise from the site?
No, all waste treatment will take place in a fully enclosed and sound-proofed building so noise levels will be kept well within acceptable limits.

When would work start on the new facilities?
Commencing work on site depends upon the decision made by Oxfordshire County Council relating to the municipal residual waste tender.   The earliest possible dates for each step of the process are as follows:
Decision on Tender - March 2009
Environmental Permit - November 2009
Start of construction - March 2010
Start of operations - October 2012
Viridor and the environment

What does the Environmental Impact Assessment cover?
The full Environmental Impact Assessment submitted with the planning application covers the full anticipated effect of the facility on the environment incorporating air quality, noise, traffic, visual appearance, ecology, archaeology, hydrology, hydrogeology, and ground conditions.

How will local wildlife habitats be affected?
Viridor has commissioned an ecological survey of the area that could be influenced by its planning application to determine which habitat types are present, and will record any sightings or evidence of protected species. Depending on the outcomes of these studies appropriate mitigating action will be taken to protect species as appropriate and as required by law.

Does Viridor have a good environmental track record?
Yes. The company was the first in the UK waste industry to gain ISO 14001 accreditation across all major facilities. It introduced its exemplary Environmental Management System in the early 1990s. The company measures the impact of its operations on the environment and has invested heavily in environmental protection measures. Its Environmental Policy and Annual Environmental and Social Report are available to download at www.viridor-waste.co.uk.

Ardley landfill and recycling site are accredited to the ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 18001 (health and safety) and has recently been certified by the British Standards Institute for its Integrated Management System, which incorporates all three standards.


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