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Veolia strikes multi-million incinerator deal in UK

United Kingdom – Veolia ES Aurora, a subsidiary of French-owned Veolia Environmental Services UK, has signed a 25-year contract with Leeds City Council which will include the building and running of a long-anticipated, waste-to-energy incinerator. The state-of-art operation will target household waste and could save some £200 million (US$ 320 million) over 25 years in landfill taxes.

If the facility wins planning approval, it will sort black bin waste from across Leeds, amounting to some 214 000 tonnes per annum. Veolia will remove metal, paper, cardboard and plastics for recycling, while the remaining waste will be burned under ‘€˜tightly-controlled conditions’€™ to produce energy.

‘€˜The facility will play a big part in increasing recycling and moving Leeds away from burying waste in landfill,’€™ Leeds City Council’€™s Director of Environment Neil Evans has told This type of partnership contract will ‘€˜help make it possible to achieve the targets set under the European Landfill Directive’€™, he added.

Building work on the facility is scheduled to start next summer and should be fully operational by 2016.

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