A tree-planting ceremony celebrated the official beginning of construction at the new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility near Lincoln
The event, lead by County Council Chairman Peter Bedford, represents the planting of over 80 trees to be added to the recycling plant in North Hykeham.
Executive Member for Waste Services Councillor Lewis Strange, said: “This is a truly momentous occasion, symbolising the county’s move away from costly landfill sites as a way of getting rid of the waste that residents produce.
“We already have one of the top recycling levels in the country, well exceeding government targets, and I’d urge people to carry on recycling all they can.
“The EfW facility works hand in hand with our marvellous recycling efforts, as the electricity it produces means we recover something useful from the waste that can’t be recycled.
“We’re confident that Waste Recycling Group will construct a spectacular facility that residents will be proud of.”
Chief Executive at Waste Recycling Group Paul Taylor said: “We are very proud to be playing our part in helping the people of Lincolnshire deal sustainably and effectively with the waste left over after recycling.
“Lincolnshire County Council have certainly put themselves at the forefront of good resource management in the UK and we are fully committed to delivering this ground-breaking facility for them.”
The contract between Lincolnshire County Council and Waste Recycling Group was signed on March 4, and construction started in April.
Clugston Construction from Scunthorpe were chosen to build the new facility. Managing Director Steve Radcliffe said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project which will enable us to draw on our local resources and knowledge.”
The facility aims to produce 11 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid, and could possibly supply heat to the local area.
The facility will be ready for use by the end of 2013.