Green light for new waste plant

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A new state-of-the-art waste plant, to be built in Wolverton, is set to create 245 new jobs.

Milton Keynes Council awarded the contract to design, build and run the new facility to AmeyCespa and the company has now submitted a planning application.

The new facility will deal with black sack waste and will aim to lower the council’s current waste management bill, lowering the amount of waste sent to landfill to just two per cent. Waste taken to the site will be processed with recyclable material taken out to create new products.

Organic and food waste will be extracted and turned into a compost-like material for use on brownfield sites.Any other material will be turned into high temperature steam creating electricity in a turbine. The three combined will create enough electricity to power 11,000 homes.

Councillor David Hopkins, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “As Milton Keynes continues to grow, so does the amount of waste we produce. Building on the success we have achieved in recycling, we needed to find innovative, cost-saving solutions to deal with black sack waste, which Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deliver by recovering as much as possible for recycling and composting from black sack waste and generating renewable energy with what remains.”

AmeyCespa’s Project Director, Bill Jarvis, said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage of the project and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the council and local community to provide a state-of-the-art solution to Milton Keynes’ waste.”