SITA UK plant 'sweeps up' at awards

Warwickshire County Council has won the prestigious Sustainability Award at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards, for its partnership with seven councils to recycle approximately 40,000 tonnes of road sweepings per year.

The partnership, which will save the seven councils involved £10 million, sees road sweepings recycled at the CDEnviro plant installed at SITA UK's Neatchells Lane facility in Wolverhampton. The contract means that each local authority involved is diverting more road sweepings from landfill and avoiding escalating landfill tax.

Warwickshire County Council led on the procurement of this contract, which will save them alone £400,000 per year over seven years, as well as boosting the County's recycling rate by at least 3%.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities said "We are proud to have received this prestigious award from the industry for leading on this project which demonstrates how engineering technology can save money and help the environment"

Prior to the installation of the CDEnviro plant all of the material which currently passes through the facility was taken directly to landfill. It is now estimated that 98 per cent of the road sweepings processed here will be recycled for use in various elements, including; road construction, pipe bedding materials or blended with rock salt and used as grit on the roads in the winter months. The composted organic material is suitable for blending with soils in land remediation projects.

Commenting on the project, CDEnviro General Manager, Matt Bunting said "Gully waste and road sweepings have proven to be a valuable resource by allowing many materials to be recovered for re-use and offering a sustainable solution for waste. The recycling plant installed at SITA UK is putting this into practice by helping their clients achieve their recycling targets while reducing their requirements for virgin aggregates and increasing composting volumes".

The SITA UK facility will now process more than 40,000 tonnes of road sweepings each year which would have previously been landfilled. The seven participating midland authorities are forecasting a diversion of nearly 300,000 tonnes of material from landfill across the life of the contract, which is an initial seven years.

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