On Saturday 1st July 2017 the Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Woodham, near Aylesbury will open its doors for a public open day.
All the household waste generated in Buckinghamshire that can’t be recycled is now processed at Greatmoor, turning waste into electricity.
The Greatmoor facility first began generating electricity in January 2016, it’s the largest single-furnace EfW facility in the UK and has recently won a top industry award for the excellence of its design.
The plant can treat up to 300,000 tonnes of waste a year, or about 900 tonnes a day, which would otherwise have gone to landfill. From the waste a minimum of 22 megawatts of electricity can be generated an fed in to the national grid. Enough to meet the energy needs of 36,000 homes.
Over the 30 year life of the contract this alternative treatment of waste is expected to save Buckinghamshire County Council approximately £150 million.
During the open day there will be three guided tours starting at 10.00am, 12.30am and 3.00pm . Each tour will take approximately 90 to 120 minutes.
Spaces on the open day tours are limited and available strictly on a first come, first served booking basis. Due to health and safety considerations in an operational building, there is a minimum age of 12 years old on these tours.
To book on the guided tours please contact Jez Elkin, Education Manager on 01296 323633 or go to www.greatmoor.co.uk/contact-us/.
Cllr Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: ‘Greatmoor is a great asset to Buckinghamshire, and I’d really recommend that people take this opportunity to see the plant in operation and find out how it helps us reduce the environmental impact of our waste while at the same time saving money.‘
Paul Taylor, Chief Executive of FCC Environment, the County Council’s partners in the Energy from Waste project, said: ‘Public education is an important part of our work at Greatmoor, and we look forward to welcoming residents on the open day, when they will be able to tour the facility and find out more about the energy from waste process in Buckinghamshire.‘