Council ‘Wombles’ aim to send nothing to landfill

A waste truck
A waste truck

A new rubbish sorting centre in Bletchley will attempt to recycle even more of the new city’s waste.

The materials recycling facility (MRF) at Bletchley landfill site will process up to 100,000 tonnes of waste material per year from both households and businesses.

MRF operator FCC Environment has confirmed 50,000 tonnes of household waste in Milton Keynes will not go straight to landfill but will be diverted into recycling and energy recovery from 2013. It’s part of a new waste treatment contract awarded by Milton Keynes Council.

Material that cannot be recycled will be used to produce a waste-derived fuel, known as solid recovered fuel (SRF), which can be burnt to generate low carbon energy off-site.

Andy Hudson, head of environment and waste at Milton Keynes Council, said the new contract helps the area to move towards sending nothing to landfill.

Mr Hudson said: “Milton Keynes is focused on reducing waste to landfill whilst improving environmental performance across the borough. This new contract with FCC Environment will help significantly with Milton Keynes’ ambition of zero waste to landfill.”

Head of commercial development for FCC Environment, Gordon Fergus, said: “FCC Environment has operated the Milton Keynes Council waste disposal contract for a number of years. However, we now have the capability to divert that waste away from landfill and into recycling and energy recovery.

“FCC Environment is investing heavily in recycling infrastructure so that we can support both councils and businesses in their drive to increase recycling, reduce waste disposal costs and increase environmental sustainability.”

FCC Environment employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. Just like the famous fictional creatures the Wombles of Wimbledon Common it sees waste as a valuable resource.