Amey Outlines Proposals For New Cambridgeshire Waste Facility

Cambridgshire residents are being invited to have their say on proposals for a new, £200m energy from waste facility at its 400 acre Waterbeach Waste Management Park.

The park already houses a range of waste processes and technologies, including recycling, composting, landfill and mechanical biological treatment.

The proposed new facility would complement these and would be used to create energy from household and commercial waste – either in the form of electricity, heat or a mix of both.

The facility would further grow Amey’s capabilities in the waste treatment market, with new waste facilities in Milton Keynes and North Yorkshire already in commissioning and a further facility on the Isle of Wight in construction.

“We expect the new facility would handle around 230,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste a year, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.”

Amey’s Environmental Services Managing Director, Rob Edmondson, said: “Amey is strengthening its presence in this sector and the proposed new facility will signify continuing investment in waste treatment capability in Cambridgeshire.

“We expect the new facility would handle around 230,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste a year, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.

“We’re currently discussing technology and design solutions with expert providers, prior to submitting a planning application later this year.”

Prior to submitting a planning application, Amey will also be holding public information sessions for local residents. The two sessions will take place on Friday 8 September (2pm to 8pm) and Saturday 9 September (10am – 4pm) at Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9PG. No booking is required.

Amey is proposing to develop the new facility on land next to the existing Mechanical Biological Treatment hall at Waterbeach Waste Management Park. This land is already allocated as a suitable location for energy from waste development in Cambridgeshire County Council’s adopted Minerals and Waste Plan.


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  1. I sincerely hope that residents are well informed and that this proposal goes through in its fullest form harvesting both energy & heat. So many efw plants miss the heat trick due to lack of investment or lack of proximity to organisations that could utilise the heat. This sort of thing is in the middle of towns in Scandinavia with hospitals / schools/ care homes benefiting from the heat – they even run the pipes under the pavements to keep them clear of snow in Winter. Joined up projects and brave, forward thinking politicians seem to be lacking in the UK where we seem to have more than our fair share of ill-informed yet vocal NIMBY’ists.

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