What are the alternatives to landfill?

What are the other options for our rubbish?

In 2006, Gloucestershire County Council agreed on the following five methods as proven, reliable and safe alternatives to landfill:

  • Modern Thermal Treatment with Combined Heat & Power (CHP).
  • Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) producing a biologically stabilised material that is sent to landfill.
  • Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) producing a fuel sent to a dedicated CHP.
  • Autoclave producing recyclates and an active fibre fuel that is sent to power dedicated CHP.
  • Advanced Thermal Treatment with syngas used to produce electricity and recovery of heat energy (CHP).

Defra, the central government office responsible for waste management, has created a series of information booklets on the different methods.

See our pages on Energy from waste

What is the history behind our decision to provide an energy from waste facility in Gloucestershire?

Our Frequently Asked Questions provides information about the process involved in providing an energy from waste facility in Gloucestershire

Who have we appointed to provide an energy from waste facility in Gloucestershire?

In December 2011, the council's cabinet appointed Urbaser Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder to provide Gloucestershire with an energy from waste facility and in September 2012 they were awarded a 25 year contract for the management of Gloucestershire's residual waste.

Where will we locate the proposed energy from waste facility?

Javelin Park in Haresfield was identified in the Waste Core Strategy (2012) as a site suitable for strategic waste management.

Has the facility got an environmental permit?

Yes. In May 2013 the Environment Agency granted the energy from waste facility a permit to operate the facility.

Did we get planning permission for Javelin Park?

No. The contractor, Urbaser Balfour Beatty, submitted an application to the waste planning authoritybut it was refused by the Planning Committee on 21st March 2013.  (A copy of the application is available on the Urbaser Balfour Beatty website)

Where are we now?

Urbaser Balfour Beatty has appealed this decision to refuse the planning application.  The appeal inquiry has been held and for more information on its process, please visit Gloucestershire County Council's website.

More information

For more information on recovery and the proposed waste facility at Javelin Park including the timeline for the energy from waste facility, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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