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 Sita and Golder Associates have withdrawn a proposal for a mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) plant and anaerobic digester in Warwickshire.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.