Shanks’ flagship £750m contract with Wakefield Council is now fully operational after a delay following the insolvency of a contractor.
An anaerobic digestion plant was held up when constructor Royal Imtech filed for bankruptcy in August. But now Shanks has announced the overall project has reached full service.
Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks’ municipal division, said the company had worked hard with the council to minimise the impact of the delay.
“Following the comprehensive two-year build programme, we are now operating one of the most sophisticated waste-to-product facilities in the UK which uses innovative and integrated technologies to make more from waste.
“We look forward to maximising the efficiency of the plant and to increasing the amount of waste that Wakefield Council diverts from landfill.”
Maureen Cummings, Wakefield’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “We are delighted that the Shanks waste treatment facility is now up and running and handling all of the district’s rubbish.
“The latest technology that the facility provides will help to increase our recycling rate and divert around 95% of our district’s waste away from landfill.”
Under the 25-year contract, Shanks operates a residual waste treatment facility at South Kirkby which will process up to 230,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste a year.
Shanks is also operating a network of household waste recycling centres, transfer stations and bring sites within the district.