Viridor buys Thames Waste

Viridor has snapped up Thames Waste Management for £30.5 million, in a deal which brings to an end the activities of Germany's RWE Umwelt in the UK market for the time being.

Thames Waste owns the Beddington landfill near Croydon which has four million cubic metres of consented capacity; two landfill gas power generation schemes totalling 5MW; and four liquid waste treatment plants with an associated tanker fleet.

The company also disposes of sewage sludge on behalf of Thames Water, and has been dabbling with the use of anaerobic digestion for the treatment of municipal solid waste.

Thames Water was acquired by RWE, the giant German utilities group, in 2001. Thames Waste thereby came under the control of RWE Umwelt, Germany's largest waste management company. Viridor is part of the Pennon Group, which also owns South West Water.

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