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Bucks homes powered by household waste

The plant powers 40,000 homes in the county

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:51pm 9th June 2020. 2-minute read.

Bucks homes powered by household waste

Buckinghamshire homes have continued to be powered by a waste plant. 

Greatmoor Energy from Waste Plant usually takes around 300,000 tonnes of household and business waste to power homes and businesses across the county. 

However, with lockdown where the waste comes from has changed as many businesses switched to remote working. 

The plant was able to stay open through lockdown, and helped play a role in helping waste and recycling collections and waste processing continue. 

The company takes non-recyclable waste from across the County and burns it, producing steam which powers the turbines which generates electricity for 40,000 homes in the area. 

Ian Judd, General Manager at FCC Environment, said:

"The Coronavirus pandemic has given us some new and unknown challenges, however, we have been able to respond quickly to ensure that we continue to put energy back into the grid. The team here are working hard to ensure that homes across Buckinghamshire do not see an impact to their waste collection and disposal and that once people start to return to work, we are ready to treat that waste generated and power their workplaces as well."

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said:

"I'd like to thank the FCC team at Greatmoor Energy from Waste Plant for responding so well to a really challenging and unexpected situation. Together with the dedication of our kerbside collection teams, this helped to ensure that Buckinghamshire's waste services continued more or less as usual through the coronavirus lockdown."

Around 107,000 people in the waste and resource management industry have been identified by the Government as key workers, among them the team at FCC Environment working on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council.

This means the plant can continue to operate and save waste from going to the landfill. 

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