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Avondale plant revamped for RDF deal

Avondale Environmental’s waste management plant in Polmont has undergone a £3m facelift ahead of a new contract to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for export.

Hartlepool-based exporter Probio Energy signed a contract with waste firm Newport Paper to export 100,000 tonnes of RDF produced at Avondale’s site as part of a three-year dea. The first shipment was transported to Scandinavia in early April.

Probio, which launched in 2013, said the deal had created 21 jobs and gave the company capacity to increase production at the site.

Kris Baker-Rain, general manager, said: “We are delighted to have signed this contract and to be working with Newport Paper to export waste from the UK to Scandinavia, where it will be used as fuel.

“The deal has put us in a good position for 2016, and has added to our increasing list of customers as we continue to expand our business in traditional and non-traditional markets abroad.”

Newport Paper strategic development director Michael Yannakoyorgos said: “This is an exciting long-term contract for diverting waste from landfill, which will ensure our own and our client’s commitment to improving the economic and environmental wellbeing of our community.”

Avondale closed a £20m MRF next to its Polmont facility, a landfill at the time, in 2013 after only a year in operation. It had hoped when it opened that it would “firmly root” the firm in the recycling industry.

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