Work has started on the construction of a new Eco Park to treat thousands of tonnes of waste from Surrey households and put it to good use.
As the the first spade was driven into the ground at the site in Shepperton, Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, outlined the benefits of the facility, which will take about two years to build.
When operational, the Charlton Lane complex will treat 55,000 tonnes of black bag waste each year and 40,000 tonnes of food waste.
After powering itself, the Eco Park will supply energy to the national grid – enough to power as many as 8,000 homes – and will also turn food waste into a fertiliser which farmers can use on their fields.
<The development will bring more than 40 new permanent jobs for Surrey and 300 during construction.
To find out more about the Eco Park, visit www.ecoparksurrey.uk
Drop-in sessions for residents to find out more will be held at the Sunbury Golf Centre on Charlton Lane on Wednesday 8 July from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturday 11 July from 11am to 4pm.
Listen to Mr Goodman talking about the Eco Park.
Artists impressions of how the site will look.