Royal opening for new Greatmoor energy plant

  |  Published: Oct 28th 2016
(l-r) Paul Taylor, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Warren Whyte (photo: Derek Pelling)
(l-r) Paul Taylor, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Warren Whyte (photo: Derek Pelling)

Buckinghamshire's new Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) plant was opened on Thursday (27 October) by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.

Buckinghamshire County Council, together with partners FCC Environment who manage the plant on their behalf, welcomed the Duke to the recently-built facility which has revolutionised the way the Council deals with the county's waste.

The Duke toured the plant, and was able to hear from many of the people involved in the project about the state-of-the-art green technology behind the energy from waste process, and how the new facility allows Buckinghamshire's unrecyclable waste to be turned into electricity rather than being dumped into landfill.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Warren Whyte said: "It's an honour to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to Buckinghamshire to formally open the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant. The Duke's visit really does emphasise the great importance of this project to our county, both environmentally and financially - not only does Greatmoor generate renewable energy from the county's waste, but it also stands to save local taxpayers £150 million over the lifetime of the contract."

Paul Taylor, FCC Environment Chief Executive, said: "Greatmoor EfW converts Buckinghamshire’s household and business waste - the material that cannot otherwise be recycled - into renewable energy. This will much reduce the county’s previous dependence on landfill.  The contract between FCC and the County Council will run for 30 years bringing significant sustainability and economic benefits to Buckinghamshire."

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