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New Waste Transfer Station at High Heavens opens

03 Nov 2015 14:39

A major new scheme to convert Buckinghamshire’s household waste into electricity has passed another milestone with the completion of a multi-million pound project at High Heavens.

The new High Heavens waste transfer station, built at the existing site in Booker, High Wycombe will open in line with the requirement for waste deliveries for the commissioning of Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility. Once operational, the plant will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 36,000 homes – the size of the entire Chiltern district, and deliver significant economic and environmental benefits.

The project forms part of FCC Environment’s 30 year waste treatment contract with Buckinghamshire County Council. Built by Jones Bros, the waste transfer station will employ seven full time, permanent operatives.

Steve Brown, Operations Director for FCC Environment’s Green Energy+ division, said: “High Heavens WTS will manage Buckinghamshire’s household waste as well as waste from the household waste recycling centre (HWRC). Waste received at High Heavens WTS will be bulked for transportation to Greatmoor EfW facility to produce energy, saving tax payers more than £150 million over the life of the contract.

“The completion of the High Heavens WTS is a significant step in our journey with BCC to reduce the County’s dependence on unsustainable and expensive landfill disposal.”

Bulking waste at High Heavens WTS will allow greater volumes to be moved using fewer vehicles, further improving environmental performance and reducing the overall volume of waste traffic movements.

Warren Whyte, Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The station has been purpose built to meet the County’s requirements while HWRC customers also benefit from the improved road access.”

All waste loading and unloading operations at High Heavens WTS will take place inside the building – no noise impact is expected and the station has been designed to prevent dust and odours escaping.

Warren Whyte added: “The opening of High Heavens WTS is a significant step in our journey to reduce Buckinghamshire’s reliance on landfill and will help us to deliver significant economic and environmental benefits to tax payers.”

FCC Environment will continue to work closely with the Environment Agency to ensure all operations are undertaken in strict compliance with obligations under the Environmental Permit.

To mark the occasion, staff planted a very special traditional Buckinghamshire apple tree of the Reverend W.Wilks variety, as a sign of renewal.

The special tree was supplied by Bernwode Fruit Trees of Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire which protect, conserve and sell traditional and sometimes rare apple trees to help preserve their heritage.

The Reverennd W.Wilks variety – a valued apple named after a former secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society – is an old Buckinghamshire variety which originated at Veitch’s nursery in Middle Green.

According to Bernwode Fruit Trees it is sometimes said by professional cooks to be the best cooking apple of all.

Staff now plan to tend to the tree and hope to soon taste the fruits of their labour.

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