Sita signs £1bn Merseyside waste contract

A long-term contract to handle Merseyside and Halton’s municipal waste is going ahead despite legal wrangles and uncertainties over government funding

A consortium led by Sita UK has signed a £1.2bn municipal waste contract with the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA).

Sita and its partners will manage residual waste from more than half a million homes in Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Halton for the next 30 years under the deal.

The contract involves diverting 430,000 tonnes of waste from landfill to fuel a purpose-built 49-megawatt energy-from-waste (EfW) plant on Teesside. This is expected to save more than 125,000t of carbon dioxide a year. The EfW plant will also have the capacity to supply 190 tonnes of steam per hour to nearby industrial users via a district heating system.

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