North Yorkshire gives the go-ahead for waste plant near Knaresborough

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A final decision on plans for a multi-million pound waste disposal facility to deal with household waste generated in North Yorkshire and the City of York was considered by members of North Yorkshire County Council today (24 September 2014).

NYCC councillors were asked to vote on the proposal to complete the 25 year waste management contract with AmeyCespa. The proposal had already been discussed and endorsed by the County Council’s Executive members and City of York Council Cabinet members at meetings on 9 September.

The facility, at Allerton Park near Knaresborough, will treat the household waste left over after recycling and composting (plus some of commercial waste from local businesses and offices) through anaerobic digestion and energy from waste incineration. It would result in a significant reduction in North Yorkshire’s and York’s ‘carbon footprint’, provide a boost to the economy, and produce enough electricity to power a town the size of Harrogate.

The proposal was agreed in principle in December 2010, when the County Council and City of York Council awarded a long term contract to AmeyCespa. Councillors voted today to approve the recommendation that the county council should now proceed to the final stage of the process, involving the ‘financial close’ with AmeyCespa.

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