Project Overview

Waste Disposal

  • The Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility will process over 500,000 tonnes of solid waste that cannot be sensibly recycled, helping to move the UK away from dependence on landfilling waste.
  • Eliminates the need to export waste to other countries, helping to enable the UK to become self-sufficient in managing waste and achieve compliance with landfill diversion targets.

Energy Generation

  • The facility will use municipal, commercial and non-hazardous industrial residual waste as fuel to generate over 60 megawatts of low carbon energy - enough electricity to meet the needs of 75,000 homes.
  • Avoids the need for fossil fuels such as coal that would be needed to generate the same volume of electricity.

Did You Know?

The Rookery South ERF will bring many community, employment, infrastructure and environmental benefits to the Bedford area. Approximately 9,000 households in the local area could be eligible for an Electricity Subsidy Scheme which will reduce bills by 10% each year. -

State-of-the-art Design and Technology

  • Designed to achieve very high overall energy efficiency and energy recovery, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Employs state-of-the-art pollution control equipment to scrub and filter emissions to be fully protective of human health and the environment, well within the strict requirements of British and EU legislation.

Job Creation

  • More than 300 jobs will be created during construction, with many jobs going to local people.
  • Covanta and Veolia have developed a Local Employment Scheme that will target local employment, local supplies of materials and services, and encourage training of employees.
  • New 40-50 permanent jobs will be created when the facility comes online in 2021.

Planning and Permitting

In 2013, the facility received planning approval under the UK’s Development Consent Order procedures for the delivery of nationally important infrastructure.

The planning approvals process involved a comprehensive and wide-ranging requirement to consult local people and businesses, councils, environmental groups and statutory bodies about the proposal, providing just as much opportunity (if not more) than with a normal planning application.

The Joint Committee report on the facility can be found here.
The Order granting development consent for the facility can be found by clicking here.
The Environmental Permit can be found here.

It is anticipated that works will commence in 2018 with the facility becoming operational following a three year construction period.