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Community Visit to Waste Treatment Facility

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

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Members of the local community paid a visit to the site of the new waste treatment facility being built at Manvers in Rotherham, which is currently running six weeks ahead of schedule.

The site visit was organised by main contractors Shanks for the Community Liaison Group, – which acts as communication channel between the project team and local people – to see progress for themselves on the BDR Waste Partnership project.

Chairman of the Community Liaison Group, David Packham, said: “We very much welcomed the invitation to visit the site and see for ourselves the progress being made. It was a useful opportunity to see aspects of the building work going on at first hand.”

A new additional tree planting scheme is to be carried out on the adjacent Brookfield Park – subject to planning consent. This will provide extra visual screening around the site.

When it opens in 2015, the facility on Bolton Road will treat around a quarter of a million tonnes per year of leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, instead of sending it to landfill.

After treatment, nearly half this waste will end up as solid recovered fuel to be used to generate electricity at a new multifuel plant at Ferrybridge Power Station.

An ‘Open Doors’ weekend was also recently held at the site to give school and college students an opportunity to find out more about the world of modern construction and career opportunities it offers.

The BDR project has just been shortlisted for this year’s Chartered Institute of Waste Management’s Environmental Excellence Awards.

For more information, contact Eileen Brooks on 07944 839904 or Carmel O’Toole on 07838 368813.

Note to Editors:
The BDR Waste Partnership was set up more than 10 years ago to jointly manage waste generated in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The Partnership secured £77.4m of Private Finance Initiative funding from central government towards the new waste treatment facilities at Manvers. They appointed 3SE, a consortium of Shanks and SSE, to build and operate them for the next 25 years.

Shanks is one of Europe’s leading waste management firms with more than 4,000 employees across the UK, Belgium, Canada and The Netherlands.

SSE is one of the UK’s largest generators of electricity, and the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources.