Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility

Covanta development proposals

Latest update

The Environment Agency has issued a draft permit and published a notice of its tentative decision (link opens in new window) on which it is now carrying out consultation.

Next steps

The facility can't start operating until the Environment Agency grants a permit, but construction can begin before this.

We expect Covanta to start construction on the site in the Autumn 2017 and it will take around three years to complete.

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Companies Covanta and Veolia have partnered together to develop a Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), or energy recovery facility, at Rookery South Pit (link opens in new window).

Covanta has applied to the Environment Agency for an environmental permit (link opens in new window).

An environmental permit looks at operation issues like pollution levels and monitoring of environmental concerns.

The Environment Agency is undertaking a technical review of the permit application.

Only when the Environment Agency grants a permit can the facility start operating.

The development is known as the Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility.

The development is comprised of an Energy from Waste Facility (EfW) and a post-treatment Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

The facility will be capable of taking household, business and industrial (non-hazardous only) waste that is left over after recycling materials have been removed and burning it to generate energy.

It will generate enough energy to power itself and to meet the electricity needs of 65,000 homes (according to Covanta's website).

You can read more about the companies and their development on the Covanta website (link opens in new window).

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