Milton Keynes Council has formally awarded the contract to design, build and operate a state-of-the-art waste treatment facility in the borough to AmeyCespa with an official signing.
The facility – Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park – will deal with household “black sack” waste, the rubbish that’s left over after recycling. It will also treat some commercial waste, which is the rubbish created in offices, shops and restaurants.
AmeyCespa has submitted a planning application to build the new facility in the Old Wolverton industrial area, on the site of a former distribution centre. If approved, the facility will provide a significant saving on the council’s current waste management bill and bring considerable environmental benefits. Combined with Milton Keynes Council’s existing recycling schemes, the new facility will result in only around 2% of all the borough’s household waste being sent to landfill.
The facility will bring together three different technologies to further treat any waste which has not been reused, recycled or composted, in the following ways:
- Mechanical treatment technology will extract recyclable materials from black sack waste, which means they can then be reprocessed into new products
- An anaerobic digestor will treat any food or organic waste left in black sacks, in turn creating renewable energy and a compost-like material for use on brownfield sites
- An advanced thermal treatment facility will turn any remaining, unrecyclable waste into a gas, which is combusted to generate high temperature steam which then creates electricity in a turbine
These technologies will help extract additional recyclable materials, as well as create renewable electricity - enough to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes, similar to the number in Wolverton and Newport Pagnell combined.
The benefits the facility will deliver to Milton Keynes Council and its residents include:
- Reduced costs for local waste management – a saving which could be more than £50 million over the design life of the facility
- Increased recycling levels
- Diverting at least 95% of black sack waste from landfill
- Job creation – 200 during construction and 45 once operational
- On-site visitor and education centre for use by schools and the wider community
Cllr David Hopkins, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “As Milton Keynes continues to grow, so does the amount of waste we produce. Building on the success we have achieved in recycling, we needed to find innovative, cost-saving solutions to deal with black sack waste, which Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deliver by recovering as much as possible for recycling and composting from our black sack waste and generating renewable energy with what remains.
“Combining our ideas with AmeyCespa’s wealth of experience, we have worked closely together to come up with an excellent long-term, value for money solution and are delighted to now sign the contract, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Milton Keynes’ history of innovative waste management.”
AmeyCespa’s Project Director, Bill Jarvis, said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage of the project and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Council and local community to provide a state-of-the-art solution to Milton Keynes’ waste.
“Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use an innovative combination of proven technologies to make the most of the borough’s waste, increasing recycling and helping the Council to save on its waste management bill.”
AmeyCespa was named as the preferred bidder following a detailed tender process at the end of October 2012 and since then the company has engaged and consulted with the local community, organising public events and exhibitions to discuss the plans. It has set up a Community Liaison Group, including representatives from areas surrounding the facility, which is meeting regularly to discuss developments and any concerns they may have. A planning application was submitted in April and, if approved, the new facility will become operational in 2016. The application for an environmental permit has also been submitted to the Environment Agency.
The project has been funded during construction with finance sourced from international project finance banks with AmeyCespa retaining a minority equity stake during operations. The majority of the capital will be paid by the Council through innovative borrowing once the facility has been proven to work.
Household recycling schemes provided by Milton Keynes Council will continue and will not be affected by the proposals.
Further information on the scheme is available via a dedicated project website: www.mkwasterecovery.com. Any queries about the proposals can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 0845 365 6452.