Leading recycling and renewable energy business, FCC Environment, has confirmed 50,000 tonnes of household waste in Milton Keynes will be diverted away from landfill and into recycling and energy recovery from 2013.
The new waste treatment contract was awarded by Milton Keynes Council ahead of 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.
Head of commercial development for FCC Environment, Gordon Fergus, said: “FCC Environment has operated the Milton Keynes Council waste disposal contract for a number of years. However, we now have the capability to divert that waste away from landfill and into recycling and energy recovery.
“FCC Environment is investing heavily 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.” Household waste from across Milton Keynes will be delivered to FCC Environment’s new MRF at Bletchley instead of being sent straight to landfill. Material that cannot be recycled will be used to produce a waste derived fuel, known as solid recovered fuel (SRF), which can be used to generate low carbon energy in suitable combustion facilities off-site.
Andy Hudson, head of environment and waste at Milton Keynes Council, said: “Milton Keynes is focused on reducing waste to landfill whilst improving environmental performance across the borough. This new contract with FCC Environment will help significantly with Milton Keynes’ ambition of zero waste to landfill.”
FCC Environment announced its commitment to shift the focus towards treating waste as a valuable resource earlier this year. The company’s UK investment programme includes provision of materials recycling facilities (MRFs), mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants, anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and refuse derived fuel (RDF) manufacturing facilities, which, along with improved collection services will help its customers to reduce their reliance on unsustainable and expensive landfill.
Notes for editors:
From waste to resource. FCC Environment is a leading UK waste and resource management company, and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Our vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. We offer:
Business waste solutions
Waste processing and disposal
We employ 2,400 people and operate more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.
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