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Lancashire waste PFI reaches its first birthday

Waste processing specialist Global Renewables UK is on target to fulfil the terms of its waste private finance initiative (PFI) with Lancaster City Council and Blackpool Council.

One year after financial closure the Lancashire Waste PFI contract is well into its stride.
The 25 year contract is worth over £2 billion in revenue to Global Renewables and the company expects it to make Lancashire the greenest county in the UK in terms of waste management.

Construction of two mechanical biological treatment facilities at Leyland near Preston and Thornton, near Blackpool, which are being built by Global Renewables, is continuing with steelwork about to go up at the 12-hectare Thornton site.

Together the two sites will handle over 600,000 tonnes of household waste every year, reclaiming the maximum amount of recyclables from the waste stream and transforming the remaining organic fraction into renewable energy and a high quality compost product.

The non-thermal approach is known as the urban resource: reduce, recover, recycle or the UR-3R process. Global Renewables claims that the process decreases the amount of waste landfilled and the level of greenhouse gases emitted.

Global Renewables managing director David Singh said: This is a very significant PFI which will revolutionise the way waste is handled in Lancashire. The county has chosen an innovative and forward thinking approach, which will set the standard for all other authorities. That we are on target is very good news for the county and a reflection of the dedication and hard work that has been put into delivering the contract.

Both facilities are due to open by February 2010.

Image: Global Renewables logo

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