What is being proposed?
A resource recovery facility at the current Allerton landfill and quarry site which could treat up to 320,000 tonnes of household waste per year and recover recyclable materials and energy from it.
The combined technologies for the proposed treatment plant are designed to treat up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year from York and North Yorkshire, and recover energy from it for supply to the National Grid.
The technologies are:
- A Mechanical Treatment (MT) plant designed to receive and treat residual municipal waste from York and North Yorkshire. The plant will automatically screen out organic matter and recover metal, paper and plastic for recycling.
- An Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant to treat the separated organic waste. The plant will produce a biogas which will generate around 1.1 MW of renewable 'green' electrical power.
- An Energy from Waste (EfW) plant to treat the waste which remains after separation of the recyclables and treatment of organic waste. The EfW plant will produce steam to feed an electricity generating turbine that will generate around 24MW of power. Spare heat which the EfW generates could be supplied to local external customers if a market can be established.
- An Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) plant to process residual ash into an aggregate which can be used in construction.
The combination of solutions will enable value to be recovered from almost every aspect of our waste.