Thursday, 5 December 2013

Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant Processing Cambridgeshire’s Household Waste Again

The Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant at AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach site is once again processing all the county’s household waste.

The plant began to process waste earlier this autumn and the volume of waste materials fed to the facility has been gradually increased to ensure it is operating as it should. It is now processing all Cambridgeshire’s household waste.

Paul Greenwell, Managing Director of AmeyCespa, said: “We are happy to confirm that the MBT plant is once again processing black bag waste from homes across Cambridgeshire.

“Not only have we replaced the turning machinery which failed in 2012, but we have also taken the opportunity to make improvements to the mechanical treatment element of the plant. This allows us to further maximise the benefits from the county’s household waste.”

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that the MBT plant is now processing waste again. AmeyCespa has worked very hard with their contractors to carry out the significant work which has brought the facility back into operation.

“It is important to remember that throughout this time the authority and local council tax payers were protected from any additional costs incurred because of the breakdown due to the robust contract we have in place.

“The focus now is for us all to work together to further increase our recycling rates in Cambridgeshire. For while the MBT plant is one part of this effort, we all need to make sure we put more of our waste into our recycling wheelie bins. For while the MBT machinery was being fixed, every day hundreds of tonnes of recycling collected from kerbside continued to be recycled and the garden and food waste was being composted.

“Working with residents, local authorities and AmeyCespa, we have the ability to continue to reduce the amount we send to landfill – our challenge is to use the services we have in place to do this.”

The Mechanical Biological Treatment plant is a key element of AmeyCespa’s 28-year PFI contract with Cambridgeshire County Council.

It processes waste put out in black bins/sacks across Cambridgeshire, using a range of technology to remove any recyclable materials before sending the remaining waste to biodegrade. This reduces the amount of household waste going to landfill by at least 50 per cent.

Residents are also reminded to continue to use their recycling and organic waste bin collections to maximise diversion from landfill and recycling. This includes the vast array of materials which can be collected from the kerbside such as glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard along with the separate collection for food and garden waste.