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His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester today officially opened EnviRecover energy from waste – Severn Waste Services’ flagship waste treatment facility, operated as part of the 25 year integrated waste management PFI contract with Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council. 

HRH The Duke of Gloucester joined the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire; representatives from Severn Waste Services and its shareholders FCC Environment Services and Urbaser; Worcestershire County Council; Herefordshire Council and their main contractor on the project, Hitachi Zosen Inova, along with other invited guests. The official opening included a tour of the facility and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

The EnviRecover EfW in Hartlebury, Worcestershire has the capacity to receive and treat up to 200,000 tonnes of residual black bag waste per year and can produce 15.5 MW of electricity for export to the grid. 

This official opening follows the handover of EnviRecover from main contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to Severn Waste Services in early March. The facility was built on time and to specification after a 33-month construction programme.

The EnviRecover Plant was the largest infrastructure project in the region during construction and will deliver a significant reduction in the use of landfill for the disposal of household waste across the two counties.

EnviRecover was procured by the Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's waste management contractor Mercia Waste Management. The first waste was delivered into the facility in October 2016 for commissioning trials, and since then there has been a progressive involvement from Mercia’s sister company, Severn Waste Services, who will operate the facility under its Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency.

Urbaser Severn Waste Services Project Team. From left to right: Pablo Zarate, Javier Nicolas, Ana Ferrero and Javier Peiro.

Urbaser Severn Waste Services Project Team. From left to right: Pablo Zarate, Javier Nicolas, Ana Ferrero and Javier Peiro.

Javier Peiro, Managing Director of Urbaser Ltd said: “This has been a great success story in terms of the collaboration between Mercia, its shareholders and the local authorities.  There has been a strong sense of co-operation between all those parties involved to deliver a world class facility that will see the virtual elimination of landfill for residual waste in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

Tomás Núñez, Director for FCC Environment International said: “The opening of the EnviRecover Energy from Waste facility completes the last milestone of the Integrated Waste Management Contract, signed in 1998. Today we should all feel proud of the delivery of a robust, long term, cost effective solution.  This will reduce reliance on landfill, generate renewable energy from waste that cannot otherwise be recycled and benefit all the residents of both Worcestershire and Herefordshire.”

Cllr Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment said: "I'm proud of the work that has been done by all concerned in delivering this facility. We know that the Environment is a priority for our residents and a sustainable environment is important for the economy. EnviRecover will turn waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill, into enough electricity to power 32,000 homes and this is great news for the region".

Cllr Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Contracts and Assets, said: “I am delighted that Severn Waste Services has delivered EnviRecover on time and to specification, and welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester to officially open the fantastic new facility. EnviRecover will ensure the best value for money in accepting and safely treating the region’s non-recyclable waste, and provide a valuable source of electricity for many years to come.”