Covanta and Veolia are partnering to develop the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility at Rookery South Pit, a former brick clay extraction pit, near Stewartby in Bedfordshire. The Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will be capable of using municipal, commercial and non-hazardous industrial residual waste, left after recycling and composting efforts, as fuel to generate heat and electricity. The facility will provide a vital outlet for the sustainable disposal of approximately 480,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and will generate over 50 MWe of low carbon energy - enough electricity to meet the needs of 65,000 homes.
Covanta’s mission is to provide sustainable waste and energy solutions to ensure that no waste is ever wasted. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 18 million tonnes of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle over 450,000 tonnes of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges.
Around the globe, Veolia helps cities and industries to manage, optimise and make the most of their resources. The company provides an array of solutions related to water, energy and materials – with a focus on waste recovery – to promote the transition toward a circular economy. Veolia's 174,000 employees are tasked with contributing directly to the sustainability performance of customers in the public and private sectors, allowing them to pursue development while protecting the environment. To this end, the company designs and deploys specialist solutions to provide, protect and replenish resources while increasing their efficiency from an environmental, economic and social standpoint. Such initiatives are all part of Veolia's ongoing campaign to resource the world.