New technologies contracts signed

The Environment Department (DEFRA) has signed the final contract under its waste technology demonstrator programme.

DEFRA intended to have ten plants showcasing new waste treatment technologies operating by the end of 2006 (ENDS Report 349, pp 18-19 ), but ran into difficulties finalising contracts (ENDS Reports 371, p 16  and 375, p 21 ).

Only nine plants are now being funded. Sita and Golder Associates have withdrawn a proposal for a mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) plant and anaerobic digester in Warwickshire.

Only two projects are operational: Bioganix’s in-vessel composting plant in Leominster, Herefordshire, and Greenfinch’s anaerobic digester in Ludlow, Shropshire. Premier Waste’s expanded MBT plant in County Durham (ENDS Report 377, p 23 ) and ADAS-Envar’s in-vessel composting plant in Cambridgeshire are expected to be running by April.

In December, Fairport Engineering’s proposed "mechanical-heat treatment" plant in Knowsley, Merseyside, became the final project to secure funding. The 50,000 tonnes per year plant will process household waste from the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority.

A planning application for the site has been submitted to Knowsley council.

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