HRH the Duke of Kent opened the new Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility on Wednesday on behalf of Her Majesty.
The award-winning facility was developed on request of Leeds City Council by Veolia. The plant uses the top recycling and recovery technology to process black bin waste into energy.
On the site, you can also find Europe’s largest vertical green living wall at 1800m2.
Leeds goal is to become a zero waste city, and with the help of the facility 22,000 homes via the National Grid can be supplied with power from the 11MW energy that is generated
Senior Executive Vice President Veolia UK and Ireland, Estelle Brachlianoffsaid said in a statement: “Leeds is a shining example of a circular economy hub transforming unwanted materials into an important resource. The partnership will continue to drive recycling rates and look for more solutions to material streams. Together we have created an iconic facility which is an attractive landmark for Leeds and more importantly a sustainable solution for the city’s waste for generations to come.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for environment and sustainability on Leeds City Council, said: “This excellent facility is at the heart of our commitment to sustainability and making the best use of our resources. It allows us to divert black bin waste away from landfill and into environmentally-friendly further recycling or energy creation. This in turn means we save a considerable amount of cash for Leeds by not having to pay landfill fees.”
Ground broke for the plant in 2013 and became fully operational in April 2016. The facility saw upwards to 200 local workers constructing the site and will now employ 70 staff members.
Eventually, a combination of heat produced by the facility and a power system will be used to heat and provide hot water to homes, buildings and hopes for schools and hospitals in the area.
Over 80 groups from the community and schools have visited the plant’s visitor centre to learn about the process taking place to protect the environment.