SITA has been providing Northamptonshire County Council with waste management services for over 20 years but this new contract will further close the recycling loop by ensuring that refuse does not go to waste but instead becomes an energy opportunity.
During the first two years of the new contract, waste will be sent to SITA UK’s landfill in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. However, from 2015 Northamptonshire’s waste will be put to good use at SITA UK’s new solid recovered fuel facility in Rugby, which will be commissioned in 2014. SITA UK will then supply the fuel produced to CEMEX to use at its Rugby cement kilns as part of its 25 year partnership to supply the company with alternative fuel.
SITA UK’s solid recovered fuel facility in Rugby will have the capacity to process over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.
David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of SITA UK, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Northamptonshire in what is a milestone agreement to turn the concept of a circular economy into a practical reality – taking household waste out of landfill and reusing it as a fuel to support Britain’s industrial output.”
Councillor Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Transport, Highways and Environment, said:
“This is a landmark project for the county council. The county council isn’t investing in new facilities, but making full use of the facilities that the waste management industry offers. This is a greener outlook for Northamptonshire’s waste.”
Following this contract, a further five-year extension could be awarded to SITA, which would increase the value of the contract to up to £89 million.