Grundon Waste Management and Viridor have signed a significant agreement with Viridor to secure long-term capacity at Viridor’s newly-opened Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Ardley, Oxfordshire.
The move will mean Grundon can add an alternative to its current collection and treatment services to help meet rising demand from commercial customers for an alternative to landfill.
Shake on it: Derek Edwards, South East Regional Director for Viridor (left) and Clayton Sullivan-Webb, Managing Director for Grundon, are pictured at the Ardley facility.
Managing Director, Clayton Sullivan-Webb, said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Viridor.
“Ardley’s location in the heart of our Thames Valley homeland perfectly complements the existing Lakeside Energy from Waste facility at Colnbrook – a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor – and underlines our commitment to giving commercial customers access to the best possible locally-based facilities.
“Diverting waste from landfill and converting it into valuable renewable energy is a top priority for Grundon. Having secured this significant capacity over a long-term period, we can now expand our energy from waste and energy recovery services to many more customers across the wider region, providing them with a much more sustainable solution for the management of their waste.”
Derek Edwards, South East Regional Director for Viridor, said: “As a business we’re giving the world’s resources new life by transforming what society throws away into valuable raw materials and energy.
“Our state-of-the-art energy plant in Ardley is already doing that to residual waste from Oxfordshire’s homes and this contract with Grundon will see businesses in the area also benefiting from our partnership work as their established collection fleet brings fuel for our plant for some years to come.”
Built at a cost of £205 million, the 26-Megawatt Ardley ERF was officially opened in June. Thanks to the latest technology, the facility transforms non-recyclable waste into renewable energy, producing enough electrical power for 38,000 houses, equivalent to over 60% of Oxford’s homes.
Grundon’s operations at Lakeside EfW, a joint venture with Viridor, will remain unchanged.