Building work has started on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park – a new facility which will deal with the borough’s black sack waste.
The first stage of developing the facility, which will be located on Dickens Road, Old Wolverton, is the demolition of existing buildings. This will take around three months, and once completed work will begin to prepare the site for the construction of new buildings which will house the waste treatment technologies.
Construction of the new facility is due to be completed by December 2015. It will then go through a rigorous testing period before it is fully operational in September 2016.
Paul Greenwell, managing director of AmeyCespa, said: “This is a significant milestone in the Milton Keynes Recovery Park project, and one which has been achieved just 20 months after AmeyCespa was named preferred bidder.
“The facility will make a huge difference to the amount of household waste being landfilled in the borough, as well as increasing recycling and generating enough electricity to power 11,000 homes each year.
“I look forward to seeing it take shape over the coming months.”
Andy Hudson, Head of Environment and Waste for Milton Keynes Council, said: “Here in Milton Keynes we are rightly proud of our excellent recycling rate of 53 per cent and this new facility will help us to push this even higher as any recyclable waste found in black sacks will be removed and processed.
“We are also delighted that the current building in Dickens Road will be carefully dismantled with 95% of the material being recycled or recovered in line with our green ethos.”
Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will use a combination of three state-of-the-art technologies – mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and Advanced Thermal Treatment.
Together, they will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste, in turn cutting the amount of rubbish sent to landfill to less than 5 per cent.
Any queries about Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park can be forwarded via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0845 365 6452.