Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility

Covanta development proposals

Covanta started construction on the site and implemented the Development Consent Order on 8 January 2018. The Environment Agency has now issued a permit for the waste incineration plant. Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils jointly objected to the tentative decision (PDF 88.3KB) .

Next steps

Construction will take around three years to complete.

View approved plans and details.


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

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

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).

It is proposed that the facility will take household, business and industrial (non-hazardous only) waste and burn 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).