United Kingdom – Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has officially opened the Â£60 million Battlefield energy recovery facility at Shrewsbury in western England. Developed by recycling and waste management major Veolia, the plant processes 90 000 tonnes of ‘non-recyclable’ household waste from across the county of Shropshire and is claimed to generate enough energy to power 10 000 homes.
‘This facility is part of a long-term investment in recycling and recovery infrastructure and will significantly contribute towards maximising landfill diversion,’ comments Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president for Veolia UK and Ireland.
Ann Hartley, chairman of the local Shropshire Council, adds: ‘As recycling rates go up, the amount of waste going to landfill has fallen hugely benefiting the county’s environment.’
Construction of the plant began in 2012 and it became fully operational in May 2015, now employing 24 people.