No wasted cash as £22,000 is saved in Wealden thanks to transfer deal

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Wealden taxpayers have been saved about £22,000 thanks to a decision to divert waste away from landfill during a planned shutdown of the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility.

Every year the plant needs to be shut down to allow Veolia to carry out annual maintenance on steam turbines, chimneys and specialised equipment.

Thanks to a deal negotiated by ESCC, this year around 4,000 tonnes of waste, which would have been sent to landfill in West Sussex, has been diverted to an energy recovery facility in Allington, Kent.

Maintenance this year was carried out with only a partial closure meaning that during the process, carried out between July 9 and 31, around 320 tonnes of waste was still processed at the facility each day. Veolia completed the work a week ahead of schedule.

The Newhaven facility has planning permission to process up to 242,000 tonnes of waste a year, enough to power 25,000 homes continuously.