The company hopes to use mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) to process 340,000 tonnes of waste a year. It already uses the technology to treat waste for the East London Waste Authority and Dumfries and Galloway (ENDS Report 353, pp 17-18 ).
Biffa also hopes to use an MBT plant to treat waste for Caerphilly council.
The company has been named preferred bidder for the authority’s 25-year waste disposal contract.
It intends to build a plant in St Ives to process 55,000 tonnes of black bag waste a year into refuse-derived fuel. The process would also include in-vessel composting. The plant already has planning permission and will be of a different design to Biffa’s ball mill plant in Leicester.