20 March 2017 by Tom Goulding

Veolia wins permit for Mansfield RDF site

Veolia has been granted an environmental permit to operate a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) processing facility near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

Material going into the facility is expected to be exported to the European mainland but in time could be sent for energy recovery at the proposed Rookery Pit South energy from waste plant in Bedfordshire. However, (updated 17.00 20 March with reference to Rookery Pit South and RDF information below), Veolia has told letsrecycle.com that Rookery South will not receive RDF from the Mansfield facility.

Veolia’s Welshcroft Close RDF plant, near Mansfield, will be situated on the Portland Industrial Estate and will be capable of accepting up to 75,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual commercial waste per year. The waste will be shredded at the site and baled as RDF for use at ‘onward energy recovery facilities’.

Through a 26-year PFI contract with Nottinghamshire county council, Veolia has established a network of waste transfer stations across the region. Similar facilities exist at Freeth Street and Giltbrook in Nottingham, as well as Newark-on-Trent and Worksop.

By developing a depot at Mansfield, Veolia will complete its waste transfer station coverage and facilitate ‘more sustainable patterns of waste management throughout Nottinghamshire’, according to planning documents approved by the county council last year.

Other RDF processing sites operated by Veolia include its East Kent Refuse Derived Fuel facility on the Canterbury Industrial Park, about six miles north of Canterbury which can process about 40,000 tonnes a year.

Rookery Pit

The development at Mansfield comes as Veolia looks to develop the Rookery Pit site with Covanta for an energy from waste plant near Stewartby in Bedfordshire.

Image of the proposed Rookery Pit South energy from waste plant

The Rookery Pit project, with a capacity of 480,000 tonnes per year, could take some of the RDF which is currently exported

Last year, commenting on “Where will the waste come from?” for the Rookery Pit energy recovery facility (ERF) Veolia and Covanta  suggested that current RDF exports would be diverted to the plant.

The companies told a liaison panel for Rookery South that: “Veolia has commercial and business waste that they are handling from the regions around Rookery South and continue to pursue local authority municipal waste contract opportunities. All Veolia waste management plants are already full; at present this excess waste is going to landfill or being exported to Europe so will be redirected to the ERF.”

Construction of Rookery South is due to start later this year.

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