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New Earth Solutions awarded Kent food waste contract

New Earth Solutions has won a five-year contract to treat commingled food and green waste for West and Mid Kent councils.

The contract, worth an estimated £2m, can be extended to 11 years overall.

The firm will treat around 17,000 tonnes of food waste annually at its 50,000-tonne capacity in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Blaise, which has been operational since 2008.

The company also has planning permission for a 3MW, 50,000-tonne capacity anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to be built on land adjacent to the IVC facility. This will become operational in 2016.

New Earth also has connection rights to be able to export electricity to the national grid.

Richard Brooke, commercial director,, told MRW: “We are pleased with our contract win. This is our fourth contract for the composting and treatment of Kent’s organic waste. We are currently PAS 100 at the Blaise IVC facility and, when the AD is operational, we will be going for PAS 110.”

The contract started on 2 February.

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