Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham have almost 350,000 households, which last year between them produced around 340,000 tonnes of waste – almost one tonne per household.
BDR is a partnership of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils set up more than 10 years ago to jointly manage waste generated in the three boroughs.
The Partnership secured £77.4m of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding from central government towards new facilities to deal with the treatment of leftover waste rather than send it to landfill. This is waste left over after householders take out materials that can be reused or recycled before leaving their wheeled bins or bin bags to be picked up by refuse collection vehicles.
Councils across the UK must increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
In April 2011, BDR chose 3SE for the contract to treat their leftover waste for 25 years. 3SE is a partnership between Shanks Group plc and SSE.
The waste solution includes:
The BDR Waste Treatment Facility at Manvers is the first in the UK to combine a Mechanical Biological Treatment plant (MBT) and a dry Anaerobic Digestion plant (AD).
A Community Liaison Group (CLG) meets regularly and acts as a two-way communication channel between the community and the 3SE and BDR team.