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SHEFFIELD’S waste incinerator has burned its millionth tonne of rubbish since opening four years ago.

The building on Bernard Road, operated by Veolia, burns waste to produce heat and power.

Heat produced is used in 140 buildings, including landmark properties such as Ponds Forge, the Winter Garden, the Town Hall and Sheffield Theatres, as well as many university buildings.

The plant also produces enough electricity for the National Grid to power up to 22,600 homes.

Veolia managing director Nigel Williams said: “By using Sheffield’s household waste to generate heat and electricity, we are demonstrating how to gain value from waste that would otherwise be landfilled.”

Graham Ross, plant manager at Sheffield, said: “This milestone is a reflection of the hard work put in by the whole team over the past few years, to increase efficiency and reduce the plant’s downtime. We are proud to be part of Sheffield’s waste solution.”

The current incinerator is capable of handling 225,000 tonnes of waste each year, enough to fill the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Ponds Forge more than 150 times.