In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Lots of activity on the energy recovery front of late, as the next tranche of treatment infrastructure gets the green light across the UK.

Peel Environmental has been granted planning permission by Glasgow City Council for a £145m energy recovery centre for residual waste in South Clyde.

The facility will be capable of generating up to 20MW of electricity for export to the grid, 55% of which will be renewable.

This success for Peel follows on from another infrastructure ‘green light’ north of the region. West Dunbartonshire Council gave consent for a recycling centre at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank – this site will include a facility for sorting mixed recyclables and will sit alongside an anaerobic digestion (AD) Plant.

Meanwhile large-scale organic waste treatment projects are set to expand through a new commercial partnership between HotRot Organic Solutions and Bio Watt Engineering which will focus on modern composting technologies.

Under the agreement, HotRot will look to develop its in-vessel composting operations throughout the UK and Eire. This move builds on the company’s recent agreement with biogas developer to develop 50MW of AD capacity in the UK.

Continuing the AD theme, Wyke Farms – the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, is set to build a digester near its farms in Bruton, Somerset.

According to Wyke, this will allow the company to save over four million kilos of carbon dioxide per annum, making it one of the first national food brands to be self-sufficient in green energy.

The company is planning to source all of its electricity from both solar and biogas, generated from the farm and dairy waste. The business has already invested in solar arrays on farm buildings.

Further east, FCC Environment has been awarded a major waste treatment contract from Milton Keynes Council to divert 50,000 tonnes of household waste from landfill from 2013.

The contract will see the opening of a new materials recycling facility (MRF) at Bletchley landfill site which will process up to 100,000 tonnes of waste material per year from both households and businesses. Any residual material will be used to produce solid recovered fuel (SRF).

FCC Environment’s head of commercial development Gordon Fergus said the company was investing heavilty 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.”

Maxine Perella

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