A consortium led by waste management firm SITA UK has won a €1bn resource recovery contract from the West London Waste Authority (WLWA) for an energy-from-waste facility project in Severnside, South Gloucestershire, UK.

Under a 25-year contract, the group will manage about 300,000 tonnes of residual household waste per year from the West London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames.

The waste collected from over 1.4 million residents will be processed in the Severnside energy-from-waste facility and transported by rail from West London.

The move will save more than 83,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and over two million tonnes over the duration of the contract.

The new rail-linked energy-from-waste facility, which will be known as the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre, has already secured planning permission and is expected to cost more than €280m.

The facility will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of about 50,000 homes and could also supply hot water to local businesses.

The other members of the consortium include Lloyds Banking and Japanese trading company Itochu.

West London Waste Authority chairman Bassam Mahfouz said waste that has not been recycled in West London has piled up in landfills.

"This new contract means that virtually nothing will be sent to landfill and our waste will be turned into energy, saving the environment, and saving each borough money," Mahfouz added.

Suez Environnement CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade said: "With planning permission already in place for our energy-from-waste facility, we look forward to signing the contract and getting on with delivering the infrastructure that is needed to put West London’s waste to good use."

Image: Waste will be collected from residents from the West London boroughs of Brent, Ealing (pictured), Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames, and processed in the Severnside energy-from-waste facility. Photo: Courtesy of Nigel Cox.