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Official opening of new waste facility

Published: Monday, 16th November 2015

A pioneering new waste treatment facility at Manvers in the Dearne Valley was officially opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe.

BDR official opening ceremony

Over the next 25 years, the facility will treat leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and turn it into valuable resources rather than send it to landfill. After a tour of the plant to see how it handles around 250,000 tonnes of waste thrown away each year, the Lord Lieutenant unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

He said: "This project oozes professionalism and the level of leading edge technology is incredible. The close co-operation between BDR, Shanks and SSE has resulted in the creation of the largest Mechanical Biological Treatment plant Shanks have ever built, and something totally unique in the UK.

"It is a significant demonstration of what people working together in South Yorkshire can achieve, and it augurs well for the future of the Sheffield City Region in what is the most exciting period of economic regeneration in this area for many decades."

Lord Lieutenant of Sheffield, Andrew Coombe

The new facility was commissioned by BDR, a waste partnership between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils, which successfully secured £77.4m of Private Finance Initiative funding towards the £750m contract.

The BDR facility will extract any remaining recyclable materials such as metals and plastics, while organic and food waste is separated off and treated by the on-site Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant. The AD plant produces a compost-like output which can be used in land remediation.

Finally, the non-recyclable material that remains is still a valuable resource and is turned into a fuel which is treated at the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility near Knottingley. There the fuel releases its energy to produce low carbon electricity which is supplied to the National Grid.

Chair of the BDR Joint Waste Board, Cllr Kath Sims, said: "This facility is increasing recycling, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, making energy from waste, and creating new jobs."

It was built and will be run by 3SE, a consortium of Shanks group plc and SSE. More than 40 jobs have been created, most of them recruited locally.

Managing Director of Shanks Waste Management Ltd, Peter Eglington, said:  "We are delighted to celebrate the opening of this important facility which diverts up to 96.5 percent from landfill and makes a significant CO2 saving. We now look forward to continuing to work closely with our customer to make more from waste in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.” Director of Thermal Development at SSE, Rhys Stanwix, said the official opening marked a huge milestone for the partnership.

He said: "SSE and our Joint Venture partner Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. have worked closely with Shanks since early in the development process of both the BDR waste treatment facility at Manvers, and the multi-fuel project at Ferrybridge."

The Manvers facility accepted its first waste in July. It is one of the first in the UK to use a pioneering combination of new technology which enables it to deal with all types of household waste on one site.