New EfW plant set to be built in Walsall

Households in Walsall will soon be powered by waste treated at a new energy-from-waste (EfW) plant. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has offered support for constructing the Walsall EfW facility.

The plant aims to export heat to homes through steam or hot water from 2027 once it is built. The WMCA states that up to 450 jobs will be created during construction, followed by 50 direct jobs once the plant is fully operational.

The Walsall EfW facility will replace the region’s ageing incinerators, which are due to be retired over the coming years. Waste collected from various local and regional waste management companies will be used to power the plant.

The plant will be built on eight acres of derelict land by energy recovery company Encyclis. The developer will own, build, and operate the EfW facility. The WMCA estimates that the plant will process 436,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually, generating 49 megawatts of electricity.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair, said: “This important initiative will power homes here in Walsall while helping us maintain our #WM2041 net zero commitment. The site being brought forward by Encyclis is an innovative example of how we can turn waste into energy.

“This plant underlines our burgeoning practical environmental credentials. Whether we’re retrofitting homes to ensure they’re more energy efficient, cutting energy bills for local businesses or making our transport network more sustainable, the West Midlands is leading the way when it comes to the Green Industrial Revolution.”

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