Ellard Associates have operated in the waste, recycling and environmental services sector for in excess of 25 years. This extensive experience enables us to offer logical and commercially sound technical advice to questions relating to that fast-moving ever changing sector.
The Exeter EfW Project
In a drive to exceed stringent Government and EU targets Devon County Council decided in 2005/06 to develop a small-sale thermal treatment facility. Up until that point, DCC had successfully diverted significant volumes into recycling at the kerb-side, at bring banks and via their separate food and green waste collection schemes. However, these measures alone would not achieve sufficient diversion..
The concept envisaged three such facilities, the first to be In Exeter followed by further facilities in the North and South-west of the County. The Exeter facility was designed to accept residual (non-recyclable) wastes arising from Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Mid-Devon District Council and a small part of Teignbridge District Council. This facility would have a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per annum.
Howard Ellard managed the project on behalf of Viridor, Devon County Council’s waste contractor and partner. Initially, this involved supervising the compilation and submission of a planning application and an Environmental Permit application. Following the issue of both of these permissions, Howard supervised the process of tendering the construction and initial operation of the facility and then the selection of the successful tenderer.
Following the assembly of necessary permissions and a suitable EfW contractor, Devon County Council invited Viridor to consider funding the project in return for a revision to the existing contract between the two parties. Howard successfully managed Viridor’s bid for this opportunity, utilising external resources in legal, technical and financial disciplines.
Howard’s involvement in the project started in earnest in late 2006 and contract close between Viridor and Devon County Council was achieved in July 2011. Subsequently construction commenced in late 2011 and was largely completed by mid-2014. The facility commenced processing waste at that point.