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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.

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.

View more information about the tendering process and the partnership's waste flow model here.

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.  We have since been told that the Secretary of State is not going to hold a public enquiry. We will now continue our negotiations on the final contract with AmeyCespa.

The 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 will need an operating permit from the Environment Agency for the recovery park.

You can find out what you need to know about energy from waste plants here.

View the background information and the final business case documents hereYou can find out more about AmeyCespa by visiting their website.

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.

You can view part one herepart two here, and part three here.

Waste treatment documentation

Municipal waste strategy - frequently asked questions

This page was last updated on 19 November 2013