23 July 2012
Originally opened in 1998, the upgraded MRF features updated technology to improve sorting efficiency, increase throughput and improve working conditions for staff. The majority of the employees are from Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant, so the business has strong local roots.
As a result of this refit, the facility is also now permanently powered by electricity produced from the nearby Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), which uses non-recyclable waste from Hampshire to generate 14MW of ‘green energy’.
Gavin Graveson, Executive Director for Veolia Environmental Services, said:
“Since the original facility opened in 1998, we’ve seen significant developments in technology and design which have now been applied here in Portsmouth. We hope this investment demonstrates the value we place on this facility and this community.”
Cllr. Eleanor Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Portsmouth City Council, continued:
"It is fantastic that this facility has seen significant investment and supports Portsmouth residents’ efforts to recycle even more. We’ve worked hard to raise awareness and to encourage residents to recycle waste.”
Portsmouth MRF was the first piece of major infrastructure built under the flagship Project Integra Hampshire waste treatment contract; Project Integra is Hampshire’s unique partnership of 14 local authorities and contractor Veolia Environmental Services, to manage the county’s household waste.
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Cllr Eleanor Scott (Portsmouth City Council) and Gavin Graveson (Veolia Environmental Services) officially re-open Portsmouth's Materials Recovery Facility
Guests including Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, tour Veolia's recycling facility in Copnor.
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Veolia Environmental Services:
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Notes to the editor
About Veolia Environmental Services in the UK
Veolia Environmental Services, part of the Veolia Environnement Group, is the UK’s leading waste management company. With a sizeable presence throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the world, Veolia Environmental Services employs over 77,000 people in 33 countries and serves more than 800,000 business clients worldwide. Veolia Environmental Services is the only global provider of a full range of services for handling hazardous and non-hazardous solid and liquid waste. It provides waste management and logistics services as well as materials recovery and recycling. Veolia Environmental Services generated revenue of €9.08 billion in 2012.
We are committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which we operate and have been awarded Platinum Rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2013.
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. The company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in three complementary segments: water management, waste management and energy management. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €29.4 billion in 2012.
About Veolia Environmental Services in Hampshire
Veolia ES Hampshire Ltd ensures the environmentally responsible, effective management of household waste and recyclables within the county. Hampshire is unique in its approach to waste management through the Project Integra partnership. This is formed of Hampshire County Council, the Unitary Authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth, the 11 District Councils and Veolia Environmental Services. The Unitary Authorities and District Councils are responsible for kerbside collection from residents, the waste and recyclables are then taken to a Veolia facility to be processed as part of the integrated waste management service.
As a result of their investment, Veolia Environmental Services Hampshire currently has three Energy Recovery Facilities, two Materials Recovery Facilities and two composting sites which process garden waste and is pleased to be working with Project Integra to deliver sustainable waste management solutions for the county.
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