Top award for BDR waste partnership

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Legal team supports award winning waste project

A partnership which is revolutionising the treatment of household waste has scooped a prestigious national award in the same week the waste treatment facility at Manvers celebrated its first birthday.

The BDR and 3SE partnership won the Best Energy from Waste Initiative category at the MRW National Recycling Awards in London.

Waste and energy experts from Walker Morris continue to support the Councils with a broad range of legal advice on the waste project which reached financial close in 2012.

The facility processes around 250,000 tonnes of waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, Since it opened in July 2015, more than 96% of waste has been successfully diverted from landfill.  More than 40 jobs have also been created in the Dearne Valley.

The facility is the result of a partnership between BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils) and 3SE, a consortium of Shanks, an international waste-to-product business and SSE, one of the UK’s leading energy companies.

It is one of the first in the UK to combine Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and dry anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities on the same site.

Once at the facility, any remaining recyclable materials are extracted from the waste, before the rest is turned into a fuel which is used at the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility in West Yorkshire.  There the fuel releases its energy to produce low carbon electricity which is supplied to the National Grid.

Judges praised the close partnership on the project and the vision which led to the construction of a regional multifuel energy from waste facility.

The National Recycling Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the recycling and waste management industry. They are organised by Materials Recycling World, and editor Robin Latchem, praised the standard of entries this year.

He said: “The need to be smart with the resources we use is becoming understood across the wider economy and this has been reflected in the companies, organisations and individuals vying to win an NRA trophy.”

Head of the Energy Infrastructure and Government Team at Walker Morris said:

“We are delighted for the BDR and Shanks team. The award is testament to the fantastic teamwork and dedication of all the individuals involved.  The project was a great example of a innovative waste management and legal solutions to achieve the demanding targets set by the Councils.”

The Manvers facility was a finalist in two other categories of the National Recycling Awards – Private-Public Sector Partnership and Communications.

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