High tech plan for millions of MK’s bin bags

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The city’s massive new Waste Recovery Park is almost ready to get to grips with sifting through hundreds of thousands of bags of rubbish next year.

Work is nearing completion on the exterior of the buildings in Dickens Road, Old Wolverton.

Now the focus is now on installing state-of-the-art technology – including 1.300 metres of conveyor belts – to sort and recycle rubbish from households across Milton Keynes.

The belts, together with an array of clever separating machinery, will sift through residents’ black sack rubbish and pick out any recyclable items which have accidentally been thrown away.

The mechanical treatment technology will also separate food and other biodegradable items and transfer them to an onsite anaerobic digester.

This AD technology will produce heat to use on the site and power to go to the National Grid. Any remaining waste will then go through to an advanced thermal treatment process, which in turn will create energy.

Together, the technologies will increase the amount of recyclable materials which are removed from the waste, and diverting 95% of the waste from landfill produced by residents, say Amey, who are building the park on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.

The new facility is due to be completed in the new year. But the rigorous testing and commissioning and testing programmes it will have go through mean it will not be fully operational before September 2016.

Amey’s project manager, Peter Waller, said: “Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is really coming together.

“The installation of the conveyor belts and mechanical treatment technology – which will be able to handle between 120,000 and 132,000 tonnes of waste each year – is a major milestone.”