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Expansion for autoclave waste plant

An energy-from-waste firm has raised £5.1m investment to fund expansion of what is claimed to be a unique waste treatment facility.

The investment will fund an expansion of Sterecycle’s plant in Rotherham, increasing capacity from 100,000 tonnes to 175,000 a year by the third quarter of 2012.

The firm says its plant is the world’s first commercial autoclave waste treatment facility. It uses patented technology to steam residual waste.

Recyclates are sterilised and mechanically separated. And organic waste is transformed into a biomass fibre used to generate energy in combined heat and power and anaerobic digestion plants, or as a soil improver.

Sterecycle CEO Tom Shields said: “This added capacity will take us to around break-even for the group as a whole and increase landfill diversion. Following that we’ll focus on securing finance for a second new autoclave and finishing the expansion works at Rotherham.

“We hope to do this in early 2013 - we’ll then be able to process more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per annum. Our contracts with five of the local authorities in the South Yorkshire region together with commercial and trade waste sources will supply us with enough waste to fill this capacity.”

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