AN incinerator which turns rubbish into electricity finally went back into action yesterday.
The Vine Street incinerator, Hillhouse, which processes millions of tonnes of household waste, went back online following £4m of repairs.
The plant closed in April following an explosion in September 2006 and lost 100 megawatts of energy - enough to power up to 10,000 homes.
But the flames were rekindled for testing at the Kirklees contracted plant on July 14.
Steve Noble, Kirklees assistant director for environmental services, is confident the council will meet its target for diverting 60.4% waste away from landfill.
Mr Noble said: “Before the plant closed in April we were on for meeting 70%, but even with the plant shut down we will still achieve 61%.
“This year the council will divert over 1m tonnes of rubbish away from landfill.
“The main boiler was due to be replaced in 2011 but it was damaged slightly in the blast so we’ve brought that forward.
“Thankfully the boiler in up and running.
“There’s additional failsafe devices to stop anything like last time happening again.”