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Sita powers up for €130m waste contract in Durham

plug-socket-black-and-white-by-CHillDMGSita UK has been awarded an eight year contract by Durham County Council worth over 130 million Euros to manage 140,000 tonnes of residual household waste each year.

Under the new contract, which will start in June 2013, waste will be put to good use at
Sita’s UK’s new energy-from-waste facility in Teesside, which is currently under

The residual waste, which is currently landfilled, will generate enough electricity to power 17,000 homes (10 MW).

Jean-Louis Chaussade, Chief Executive Officer at Sues Environnement, Sita’s France-based parent company, declared: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to work with Durham County Council to help put their residual waste to good use. By recovering energy from residual waste, this project fits well with the government’s aspiration to reduce the amount of residual waste that is landfilled.”

Don Mclure, corporate director, resources at Durham County Council, said: “We are
delighted to be working with Sita UK, whose innovative treatment processes will help
ensure the amount of County Durham’s rubbish that gets buried in the ground is kept to
an absolute minimum. The Council has a target of diverting 75 per cent of household
waste away from landfill by 2020 and the new contract will ensure this target will be met
and exceeded, with around 90 per cent of waste diverted as the contract progresses.”

This contract consolidates SITA UK’s position for municipal residual waste treatment
within the north east of England, where the company is currently investing in modern
waste management facilities. SITA UK also provides recycling and waste management
services for the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management partnership, Northumberland
County Council and a number of local authorities in the Tees Valley.

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