Waste management firm Hills Waste Solutions has signed a contract with Wiltshire Council to build a £20m mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility on the Northacre Trading Estate, Westbury.
The plant will treat 60,000 tonnes of household waste when it begins operations in 2013. Refuse derived fuel produced by the MBT facility will be initially be shipped to Europe for use in renewable energy plants but the firm anticipates RDF production will stimulate the creation of a more local market.
Wiltshire currently landfills 37% of its municipal waste. Hills Waste Solutions expects the new plant to reduce this by 20%.
Hills Group chairman Alan Pardoe said: “This contract and the construction of the Hills’ Northacre facility is considered to be a key step in the Hills Waste Solutions’ transition form a landfill disposal operator to a waste recycling and treatment business. It will enable us to bring forward further waste treatment projects and secure the company’s future in waste management.”