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BDR Waste Partnership

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 two decades 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 household waste, turning it into a valuable resource rather than sending it to landfill. This is waste left over after householders take out materials that can be re-used or recycled before leaving their wheeled bins or bin bags to be picked up by refuse collection vehicles.

The award-winning facility at Bolton Road, Manvers, is the result of a partnership between BDR and 3SE, a consortium of Shanks and SSE. It is diverting around 95% of waste from landfill, making a significant carbon dioxide saving. It is the first in the UK to combine a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant and a dry Anaerobic (AD) plant.

The facility extracts any remaining recyclable materials from household waste. What is left is turned into a fuel and sent to Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire to produce low carbon electricity which is supplied to the National Grid.

More than 40 jobs have been created in the Dearne Valley. A Community Liaison Group (CLG) meets regularly and acts as a two-way communication channel between the community and the 3SE and BDR team.

Love Food, Hate Waste

Thousands of South Yorkshire residents are taking part in a national campaign to waste less food.

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Chance to take a tour

Would you like to take a look behind the scenes at the award-winning facility which is revolutionising the way we deal with leftover household waste in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham?

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Corporate Social Responsibility Fund

Four community projects have been successful in their bid for support from the Fund in 2016/7.

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Love Food Hate Waste campaign stall

Our Love Food Hate Waste campaign has been in full swing across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, where hundreds of people have enjoyed cookery demonstrations showing how to make the most of leftovers, and signed up to a pledge to waste less food.

There is still time to get involved and come to events to mark the end of the successful campaign.

These will run from 10am to 3pm on Monday, 3rd July at Tesco in the Arndale Centre, Maltby, Rotherham (please note this is a change of venue); Tuesday 4th July at The Corn Exchange, Doncaster; and Wednesday, 5th July, Cheapside (outside Sports Direct), Barnsley. Please come along, we'd love to see you!


Top award for waste facility

The BDR and 3SE partnership have won a top award at the MRW National Recycling Awards in London.

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Careers and vacancies

Careers and vacancies can be found on the Shanks Municipal website.

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New Members needed

The Community Liason Group are looking for new members who live in or near the Dearne Valley area.

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The BDR Waste Partnership

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.

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