About our proposal

Amey already provides waste management services for local authorities, businesses and residents in Cambridgeshire and the East of England.

At our 400 acre Waste Management Park at Waterbeach we use a range of processes and technologies (including materials recycling, mechanical biological treatment, composting and landfilling) to deal with rubbish.

These processes aim to make the most of the waste created by local households and businesses, but we are still landfilling around 200,000 tonnes of waste at Waterbeach every year.

Whilst landfilling has a role to play, it is expensive, not as environmentally friendly as other treatment options and space will eventually run out.

Our aim is to continually improve the sustainability of the waste management park at Waterbeach and, to do that, we have continued to review the waste treatment methods available to us and how best to capture energy from residual waste currently lost to landfill.

We are now proposing to develop an energy from waste facility at the site as an alternative to landfilling. This will allow us to create energy from the waste (either in the form of electricity, heat or a mix of both).

We want to develop the new facility on land next to the existing Mechanical Biological Treatment hall. This land is already allocated for energy from waste development in Cambridgeshire County Council’s adopted Minerals and Waste Plan.

The new facility would contain state-of-the-art, proven technology and would be strictly monitored by the Environment Agency. We’re currently working with a number of experienced technology providers to review the options available to us, prior to agreeing which we would use within the facility.

We will need to submit a planning application before the energy from waste facility can be built and this is likely to happen later this year. We will also apply for an operational permit from the Environment Agency.

You can read more and see map locations for the proposal, as well as artist impressions, in our newsletter here.

Key facts:

  • Over 80% of the residual waste which goes to landfill at Waterbeach can be used to create energy through the new facility
  • The facility could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes
  • £200million investment by Amey
  • Over 300 jobs created during construction and operational phases
  • Proven, state-of-the-art technology would be used in the facility
  • The new facility would be designed to handle up to 230,000 tonnes of waste per year