Municipal waste strategy
We work with the district and borough councils and City of York Council as part of the York and North Yorkshire waste partnership.
On 30 October 2014, the County Council signed the project agreement with AmeyCespa for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP) project. AWRP will treat waste through a series of processes including mechanical separation of recyclable materials (known as "Mechanical Treatment" or "MT"), process anaerobic digestion ("AD") and thermal treatment through incineration and generation of electricity (known as "Energy from Waste" or "EfW").
AWRP will export around 28.5 MW gross electricity to the national grid which is equivalent to more than the domestic needs of a town the size of Harrogate. AWRP will deliver around 70 permanent skilled and semi-skilled jobs, as well as up to 400 jobs during the 3 year construction phase, and will add approximately £220m (at 2014/15 prices) to the York and North Yorkshire economy over the life of the contract.
Extraordinary county council meeting to discuss the Allerton Waste Recovery Park
On 24 September 2014, the county council held an extraordinary meeting where the council endorsed the decision of the executive to proceed to financial close for the long-term waste contract, subject to the final costs being within the value for money envelope. The meeting can be viewed through the video links below. You can view minutes of the meeting here.
About the scheme
Members of City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council agreed to award a contract for the long-term management of waste to AmeyCespa in December 2010.
At its meeting on 30 October 2012, our planning and regulatory functions committee considered the report of the corporate director, business and environmental services, on AmeyCespa's planning application for Allerton Waste Recovery Park. The proposed location for the facility is Allerton Quarry and landfill, next to the A1M, near Harrogate. The committee heard representations from the public, local opposition groups and AmeyCespa. Members agreed with the report's recommendation and voted to approve the application. View the report from the planning committee meeting.
They also agreed with the report's recommendation that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government should be consulted on the application and the committee's decision. The Secretary of State decided not to hold a public enquiry and the planning decision notice was issued on 14 February 2013.
An application was made for a judicial review of the planning decision. This was refused by the High Court in July 2013. The High Court's decision was then appealed and at a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London on 15 October 2013, the appeal was also refused.
On 21 February 2013, Defra withdrew £65million PFI credits provisionally allocated for the project. The council will now work with AmeyCespa on the final stage of the project leading to financial close when the costs and value for money will be confirmed. It is anticipated that this will be later in the year.
Allerton Waste Recovery Park will recover value from waste left after reduction, recycling and reuse work and will allow the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership to exceed its target of recycling 50 per cent of waste by 2020.
The technologies being proposed include mechanical sorting and reclamation of about 20,000 tonnes per year of recyclable materials left in the waste which arrives at the facility; Anaerobic digestion to treat organic waste and produce green electricity; and energy from waste (incineration) which will produce enough electricity to supply about 40,000 homes (based on Office of National Statistics data for the region).
AmeyCespa were granted an environmental permit from the Environment Agency in July 2013 and the judicial review period expired without challenge in October 2013.
Video of planning committee decision meeting - 30 October 2012
A recording of the committee meeting is available below. Due to the length of the meeting, it is split into three parts.
Waste treatment documentation
- Project agreement with AmeyCespa - redacted version [21Mb]
- Joint waste management agreement with City of York Council - redacted version [9Mb]
Municipal waste strategy - frequently asked questions
- What is being proposed?
- What are the benefits?
- What will the Energy from Waste plant treat?
- Why was the Allerton site chosen?
- Where will the waste come from?
- Why are you only using one waste treatment site?
- Why not make more use of the anaerobic digestion plant?
- Why can't we recycle more?
- Will the facility handle commercial waste and charge for it?
- Are there financial penalties if the councils do not provide enough waste?
- What happens to the ash produced?
- What about impacts on the environment?
- What about health impacts?
- What background information is there about the waste treatment contract?