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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 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, and has won a prestigious National Recycling Award for the Best Energy from Waste Initiative.

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 50 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.

The BDR Partnership promotes a number of environmental and recycling campaigns, including Love Food Hate Waste and National Recycling Week.

Christmas 2017 Useful Information

Recycling tips for over the festive period.

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Calling all community groups involved in environmental projects!

Funding and volunteer hours are available for the right projects. Find out about the criteria and how to apply for the 2018 round of funding.

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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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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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Changes to waste collections in Rotherham

Rotherham Council is proposing changes to the way household waste and recycling is collected and wants to hear residents’ views about how it can make this happen. Find out more about what is being proposed and take part in our on-line survey.

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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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