Wigan Council has awarded FCC Environment a 25-year residual waste contract which will divert an estimated 90% of the borough’s non-recyclable waste away from landfill.
When the new contract begins in April 2015, FCC Environment will process around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste a year for use as refuse derived fuel (RDF) to generate energy from waste at specialist facilities in the UK.
FCC Environment will continue to manage the council’s Kirkless transfer station in Ince and three household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Atherton, Ince and Leigh. The HWRCs will be redeveloped to increase the range of materials which can be recycled.
The transfer station at Kirkless will be improved to maximise recycling as well as for the production of RDF.
Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “FCC Environment shares our ambition to maximise recycling and composting, while diverting as much waste as possible from landfill. They also represent best value for money – which will help us to lower our annual revenue expenditure on dealing with municipal waste.”
Richard Belfield, FCC Environment’s group development director, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Wigan Council to divert residual waste from landfill for energy generation although there is still some requirement for landfill.”
The company has worked with Wigan Council for the last 15 years.
Pictured from left to right are Richard Belfield and Terry Dunn, Wigan Council’s director for the environment.