Out of sight can no longer be out of mind
The way waste is managed in Bradford and Calderdale is set to improve. In future the focus will be on recovering value from the waste that we all produce, and the resources that are locked up in it. PRR’s aim is to deliver sustainable waste management that will reduce the carbon impact of waste disposal services by minimising waste to landfill, boosting recycling and generating low carbon energy.
Rather than sending Bradford and Calderdale’s residual household waste (that is, waste left over after recycling) to unsustainable and expensive landfill sites, PRR proposes to send this material to a new, modern Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) at Bowling Back Lane, Bradford. Here, materials will be recycled and the residual household waste (commonly known as 'black bag' waste) will be used to generate heat and electricity.
Bradford Council, as the Local Planning Authority, unanimously approved plans for the RRF in November 2012. Work is expected to begin early in 2013 with the RRF operational by April 2016.
Sending rubbish to landfill is wasteful and is becoming increasingly expensive. In recognition of this, the EU and UK governments have brought in targets to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. If councils such as Bradford and Calderdale don’t meet these targets, they face financial penalties.
By helping residents in Bradford and Calderdale to increase their recycling levels to at least 50% by 2020 and by diverting more than 90% of all household waste from landfill, PRR will help to reduce the financial burden of managing our waste, help to reduce our impact on climate change and reduce our dependency on fossil fuel derived energy.