girl recycling

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.

Recycling Information

Useful tips to help make the most of your recycling.

See more

Fund Now Closed

The deadline for applications for funding and volunteer hours to help with local community projects has now passed. Successful aplicants will be informed as soon as possible.

Find out more here

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?

See more

Waste facility up for more top awards

At a conference and ceremony in London, the waste facility was a runner-up in the two categories it entered. Our congratulations to the winners!

Find out more


Careers and vacancies

Careers and vacancies can be found on the Renewi Municipal UK website.

See more

New Members needed

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

See more

Changes to waste collections in Rotherham

After a major public consultation exercise, changes have been approved to RMBC's waste collection service.

Find out more


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.

Contact us

bmbc logo
dmbc logo
rmbc logo