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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 Renewi (formerly 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.

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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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Composting Facebook Competition

We are giving residents of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham the chance to win their very own compost bin worth £20!

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Help for Community Projects

Renewi is giving a helping hand to five 'green' and healthy eating projects across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Beneficiaries of the 2019/20 Renewi Corporate Social Responsibility Fund include a Food Bank, a school in a deprived community, and a community support group to help improve mental health. The Fund gives financial help to eligible projects in communities around the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers.

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Help your school compost!

This year, we are running a poster competition open to all primary schools across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. The winners will receive a compost bin and gardening equipment worth £200!

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Careers and vacancies

Careers and vacancies can be found on the Renewi Municipal UK 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

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

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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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