B&M opens £1m commercial waste facility in Manchester

Waste management firm B&M Waste Services has opened a £1m facility in Manchester to process commercial waste into refuse derived fuel (RDF) for export to Germany.

Trafford councillor Michael Hyman cuts the ribbon to officially open BandM plant

Trafford councillor Michael Hyman cuts the ribbon to officially open BandM plant

The plant will be based at B&M's site in Trafford Park. It has the capacity to process 70,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste from the north west of England each year.

Materials, taken from businesses, such as cardboard, wood and metals will be recycled whilst all non-recyclable waste will be compacted into bales and wrapped and transported to a combined heat and power (CHP) site in Germany for incineration.

B&M Waste Services director Neil Curtis said: "B&M Waste Services is always exploring ways to improve our offering and find new ways of preserving the earth's resources for future generations. We are absolutely delighted to have opened our RDF plant in Trafford Park.

"By harnessing the energy contained in the material, B&M is able to help our customers to preserve natural resources, whilst diverting waste from landfill, resulting in lower carbon emissions."

Trafford Council executive member for Economic Growth and Prosperity Michael Hyman added: "Trafford has a deserved reputation for business development and innovation. B&M Waste Services' brand new facility demonstrates its commitment to investing in highly innovative technology which will help drive economic growth in the region.

"I feel sure that other businesses within Trafford Park, who wish to reduce their carbon footprint, will also invest in this prestigious service."

According to B&M, the RDF production process has been implemented through its ISO 14001 Environmental Management system. In a statement, the company also said that it has operated a carbon-neutral business since 2010 when it achieved the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2060.

Liz Gyekye
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