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Municipal waste strategy
North Yorkshire County Council works with the District and Borough Councils and City of York Council as part of the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership.
A long term solution
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 North Yorkshire County Council's 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 (AWRP).
The committee heard representations from members of the public, local opposition groups and AmeyCespa, they 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 Council has now been told that the Secretary of State is not going to hold a public enquiry about AWRP.
The Council will now continue its negotiations on the final contract with AmeyCespa.
AWRP will recover value from waste left after reduction, recycling and reuse activities have taken place and will allow the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership to exceed their target of recycling 50 per cent of waste by 2020.
The technologies being proposed include mechanical sorting and reclamation of around 20,000 tonnes per year of recyclable materials left in the waste which arrives at the facility; Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to treat organic waste and produce green electricity; and Energy from Waste (incineration) which will produce enough electricity to supply around 40,000 homes (based on Office of National Statistics Data for the region). The proposed location for this facility is Allerton Quarry and landfill next to the A1M near Harrogate.
AmeyCespa will need an operating permit from the Environment Agency for AWRP.
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 - frequently asked questions