Tuesday, 21 August 2012

MBT Plant Helps Save £3 Million On Landfill Costs

The Mechanical Biological Treatment plant in Waterbeach has helped to save £3 million on landfilling costs by reducing the waste going to landfill since it first opened.

The MBT plant is a key part of Cambridgeshire County Council's PFI contract with AmeyCespa to help manage the waste produced in the county. The facility is required to process around 200,000 tonnes of waste per year and so far a quarter of a million tonnes of Cambridgeshire's rubbish entered through the reception hall.

The plant's purpose is to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill and ease our impact on the environment. The technology used separates recyclable materials from black bag waste, to help recover some of the metals and plastics residents did not separate at home for recycling. As the non-recyclable waste travels through the composting hall for the next seven weeks it is reduced by up to 50 per cent thanks to degradation and moisture loss.

The major advantage of the MBT composting hall is its ability to reduce the biodegradability of black bag rubbish, without producing methane in the landfill, a greenhouse gas over twenty times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The plant's biodegradability performance has been closely scrutinised over recent months, adhering to international quality management procedures, and has proven that it can exceed the expectations set out in the contract. This provided the last key reassurance for the County Council to sign off the full acceptance of the facility this month.

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "It is incredible how much waste is being produced in the county and I'm glad to be able to accept the excellent service provided by AmeyCespa in tackling this. In partnership we take advantage of cutting edge technology to minimise the amount of waste we send to landfill. This benefits the environment in the long run, but immediately it helps us cut the amount of taxpayers' money we need to spend on the disposal of our waste.

"I would like to highlight that the MBT is not a replacement for recycling and we will achieve the best outcomes only by making good use of recycling services provided, at doorstep and in the local recycling centres."

Sarah Clover, Account Director at AmeyCespa, said: "We have worked closely in partnership with the County Council to provide a facility which can extract as much valuable material as possible from Cambridgeshire's waste and minimise the amount sent to landfill. We are delighted that the plant has achieved its full acceptance certificate and look forward to continuing to work with the County Council to increase recycling rates and provide sustainable ways of dealing with the county's waste."