Friday, July 8, 2011

News: Sterecycle technology impresses royal visitor


Sterecycle hosted a visit from His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent at its Rotherham waste treatment plant this week.

Sterecycle is a clean technology company that uses a patented steam processing method called autoclaving to "pressure cook" household and commercial black-bag waste. The Rotherham plant is the world's first commercial scale autoclave waste treatment facility. It has been operational since August 2008 and employs 41 local people.

His Royal Highness was given a tour of the Templeborough facility by Sterecycle CEO Tom Shields. The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham and representatives from neighbouring businesses were also present.

Tom Shields, CEO at Sterecycle, said: "We're delighted to have had the opportunity to host His Royal Highness today and to show him around the facility.

"He was particularly interested in our Sterefibre, which is the clean biomass that our process recovers from the organic portion of the waste we treat.

"It's a valuable product which can be used as a soil improver on non-food crops and we also intend to use it to generate clean energy in the future."

The plant is undergoing an expansion to more than double its capacity from 100,000 tonnes per year to 240,000 tonnes per year. When completed, it will create around 10 additional jobs.

The plant also has planning permission to develop a CHP plant adjacent to its waste treatment facility. The CHP plant, which would be fuelled by the Sterefibre, would in turn generate all the energy required to operate the plant in addition to exporting surplus energy to the grid.

His Royal Highness also paid a visit to Brinsworth to open the new state of the art facility for contract manufacturing specialist, the MTL Group.

Sterecycle website

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