Background

Oxfordshire County Council is looking to change the way it deals with residual municipal waste. This is what remains once materials which can be recycled and composted have been removed from household waste.

Currently this residual waste is sent to landfill sites within the county but UK and European legislation have set limits to the amount of waste that can be disposed of this way, encouraging councils to use alternative solutions.

In 2006/07, Oxfordshire residents produced around 300,000 tonnes of household waste, around half a tonne for every person in the county. Nearly 62 percent of this was landfilled. The cost of burying waste in the ground increases every year as landfill tax grows by £8 per tonne a year and will be £48 per tonne by 2010.

Oxfordshire is seeking a solution treat the fraction of waste that cannot be recycled or composted while increasing recycling and promoting reuse and waste prevention among residents as outlined in the Oxfordshire Joint Municipal Waste Strategy.

Viridor (Viridor), a leading UK recycling and waste management company is one of two companies selected to submit detailed bids for the contract to treat Oxfordshire’s residual waste for the next 25 years.

As part of the bid process, Viridor has to submit a planning application for a new facility to deal with the residual waste before the contract is awarded. This will enable construction to start promptly once an agreement is signed to deliver a timely solution for Oxfordshire. The county council plans to select its preferred bid in early 2009.

Viridor proposes to recover energy from the residual waste, in the form of electricity. This will reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill every year – helping the council achieve its statutory targets.

Find out more:
The Oxfordshire Waste Partnership: Waste Disposal

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