Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia terminate long-term contract

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The proposed Hoddeson facility

Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia ES Hertfordshire have agreed to terminate the long-term contract to dispose of the county’s residual waste.

Last month, housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire refused planning permission for an Energy Recovery Facility in Hoddeson on the grounds it would have significant landscape and visual impacts and there was an unacceptable risk to road safety on Ratty’s Lane

This was despite an independent planning inspector recommending the facility should be approved following a public inquiry last year.

Hertfordshire County council said it was ‘running out of options’ to deal with its waste with 100,000 new homes expected in the county in the next 15 years meaning more waste treatment capacity is needed.

Around 250,000 tonnes a year of waste that cannot be reused, recycled or composted is currently transported by road to landfill sites and energy recovery facilities in neighbouring counties.

Terry Hone, cabinet member for waste management at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “With the proposed sites in Hatfield and Hoddesdon both having been turned down by the secretary of state this long term contract with Veolia is unable to continue.

“In the short term we will have to continue transporting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste to other parts of the country for treatment which is expensive and bad for the environment.”

In 2016, Veolia signed a 30-year contract with the county council worth £1 billion to treat the 350,000 tonnes of household residual waste generated in the county each year.

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