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.
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.
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]
- Final business case - redacated version [974kb]
- Final business case - appendix D [171kb]
- Final business case - appendix E1 [188kb]
- Final business case - appendix F [346kb]
- Final business case - appendix H2 [62kb]
- Final business case - appendix J [16kb]
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?