Residents to get improved waste service

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City residents will soon see more of their ‘black sack’ waste recycled thanks to a new facility in Old Wolverton.

The benefits the proposals will deliver to Milton Keynes Council and its residents include reduced costs for local waste management – a saving of more than £50million over the design life of the facility, increased recycling levels, landfill use cut by 95 per cent, the creation of 200 jobs during construction and 45 more once operational.

The fuel generated from the facility could even be used to power streetlights and offices soley in Milton Keynes.

AmeyCespa has been announced as the council’s preferred bidder to design, build and operate a new, state-of-the-art waste treatment facility – Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park.

It will deal with household waste, and some commercial waste, from offices, factories, shops and restaurants.

Andrew Cousins, project manager, said: “The Milton Keynes development will have some state of the art technology. The project is designed for the needs of Milton Keynes and is all bespoke to the city. We are really excited to be here.”

AmeyCespa is proposing to build the new facility in the Old Wolverton industrial area, on the site of a former distribution centre.

It will bring together three different technologies to treat waste which has not been reused, recycled or composted, rather than continuing to send it to landfill:

Mechanical treatment technology will extract recyclable materials from black sack waste, which means they can then be reprocessed into new products

A digestor will treat any food or organic waste left in black sacks, in turn creating renewable energy and a compost-like material for use on brownfield sites

An advanced thermal treatment facility will turn any remaining, unrecyclable waste into a gas, which is combusted to generate high temperature steam which then creates electricity in turbines.

The technologies will help extract more recyclable materials, as well as create renewable electricity; enough to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes, similar to the number in Wolverton and Newport Pagnell combined.

Councillor David Hopkins, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “Milton Keynes Council has an excellent recycling record and has set out to build on this by recovering as much as possible for recycling and composting from our black sack waste and generating renewable energy with what’s left.

“Following dialogue with AmeyCespa, we believe they have come up with an innovative long-term, value for money solution which will meet these aims. We are looking forward to now progressing these plans, combining our ideas with AmeyCespa’s wealth of experience to deliver this exciting project which will benefit all our residents for many years to come.”

AmeyCespa’s Project Director, Bill Jarvis, said: “Milton Keynes Council has taken a forward-looking and innovative approach to dealing with waste in order to deliver cost savings and environmental benefits for its residents.

“We are all creating waste and this is forecast to continue, with local households producing 80,000 tonnes a year by 2040 – that’s enough to fill Middleton Hall in thecentre:mk 10 times.

“We are fully committed to working with the council and the local community as we develop our proposals for the new facility, which will deliver a jobs boost to the area, as well as cut waste management costs and increase recycling.”

Following today’s announcement, AmeyCespa will – over the coming months – finalise its proposals for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park prior to submitting a planning application in 2013. As part of this, the company will undertake a comprehensive consultation programme and organise public exhibitions.

Residents can find out more via a dedicated project website.