Veolia makes alternative plans for Nottinghamshire energy from waste facility


Plans for an energy from waste facility in Nottinghamshire have been dropped by Veolia Environmental Services.

The company planned to build a facility at the former Rufford Colliery in the county, but following a range of legal difficulties has decided to change its plans.


Veolia Environmental Services Nottinghamshire managing director Steve Mitchell said: “With the development of any waste management facility of this size there are always challenges during the planning process.

“We have been working closely with the county council to formulate a revised plan that will meet the county council’s needs going forward.

“Our partnership with Notts County Council began in 2006 and since that time we’ve collectively increased the county’s recycling rate, improved the performance of all of Nottinghamshire’s household waste recycling centres, and delivered a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Forest Town that has delivered nearly 70 full time jobs.

“I’m confident that with this track record we can agree and implement a revised project plan that will divert residual waste that is currently sent to landfill.”

Veolia signed a 26-year PFI contract worth £850 million that included plans for an energy from waste facility.

In June last year, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles refused planning permission for the facility. Veolia decided to launch a legal challenge to this decision, but this has now been withdrawn.