Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News: New waste treatment facility opening in Rotherham

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The multi-million pound waste treatment facility being built at Manvers, Rotherham will accept its first waste this week.

The development at Brookfield's Park is designed to create material suitable for recovery and recycling and includes Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities.

The facility will treat leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and turn it into a valuable resource rather than send it to landfill.

Waste from all three councils will start being delivered to the facility at Bolton Road at the rate of approximately 200 tonnes a day. Over the next six weeks, deliveries will increase to around 1,000 tonnes a day.

Over the next 25 years, up to 250,000 tonnes of leftover waste a year from 340,000 households will be treated.

Shanks Group plc, one of Europe's leading waste management businesses, joined in partnership with SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) to progress plans to use three sites to treat waste including the new facility at Manvers.

The three councils secured £77m through the Private Finance Initiative for the scheme and 3SE has signed a 25 year contract worth in excess of £750m with the councils for the treatment of black bag waste. Constructed by Balfour Beatty, more than 40 new jobs have been created at the Dearne Valley operation which is on schedule to be fully operational in July 2015.

The MBT facility will maximise recycling by extracting any overlooked plastic, steel, aluminium, glass and aggregate from residents' black or grey bins. The remaining material will be either sent as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to the new multi-fuel generator at SSE's Ferrybridge Power Station for energy production, or used on site in the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility to produce electricity and a form of compost for land remediation. Once fully operational, the site will lead to savings equivalent to 114,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Colin Fletcher, contracts director at Shanks, said: "Taking our first waste is a major milestone in this exciting new development which will revolutionise the treatment of leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. The team is in place and we are looking forward to making more from waste in the area."

Beth Clarke, manager at the BDR Waste Partnership, which was set up more than ten years ago to jointly manage waste generated in the three boroughs, said: "This facility will increase recycling, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, make energy from waste and create new jobs. At the same time we will be stepping up our campaign to encourage residents to recycle even more of what they throw away each day."

BDR Waste Partnership website

Images: BDR Waste Partnership

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