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New waste treatment facility set to open

Published: Thursday, 19th February 2015

The new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham will accept its first waste later this month,

two-and-a-half years after work began on the £750m contract which has been delivered on time and in budget.

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 during week beginning February 23rd 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 across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham will be treated in the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility.

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.

Shanks’ Contracts Director, Colin Fletcher, 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.”

BDR Manager, Beth Clarke, 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.”

The facility has been built by 3SE, a partnership of Shanks Group and SSE on behalf of the BDR Waste Partnership, which manages waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.  It has created more than 40 new jobs in the Dearne Valley and is on schedule to be fully operational in July 2015.