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Gent Fairhead, owners of the Rivenhall Airfield site, are moving forward with the development of the waste recycling and recovery plant that gained planning permission in 2010. The project – Woodhouse Recycling and Renewables (or “WRRen”) – will also refurbish the existing Woodhouse Farm into a Visitor and Education Centre, Airfield Museum and offices, with conference facilities that will be made available to local Parish Councils.

The site at Rivenhall will provide a fully integrated waste treatment and recycling facility. It will be developed to receive and recover a range of wastes and recyclable materials and generate ‘green’ power by exporting electricity to the local grid. Throughout its planned construction and future operation, the facility will also provide a number of direct and indirect employment opportunities locally within Essex. About 150 people are expected to be fully employed either directly or indirectly in the operations on site including many in local transportation, engineering and support firms.

WRRen takes resource management to the next stage of sustainable development – the facility will reduce the export of waste materials through the development of state of the art treatment and recovery processes including a waste paper recycling facility that utilises combined heat and power from waste treatment.