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Shanks MBT plant in Cumbria re-opens

Shanks Waste Management’s mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Cumbria has re-opened following almost a month of suspension of activities at the facility.

The site was closed to deliveries from 1 August so Shanks could clear the site of an infestation of flies, but is now “ramping back to full capacity”, said a Shanks spokesperson.

The MBT plant at Southern Resource Park, Sowerby Woods, is operated and controlled by Shanks on behalf of Cumbria County Council as part of a 25-year £700m waste management contract agreed in 2009. 

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Last month, following extensive investigations, we served a notice to Shanks to prevent the operator from accepting waste on its site until effective control measures had been put in place to control flies.

“We can now report that we are satisfied the timetable of targets we set have been achieved and progress has been made and this notice has been lifted with immediate effect. We will continue to carefully monitor the site and would urge residents to report any concerns about fly or odour issues to us on 0800 80 70 60.”

The Sowerby Woods plant opened in March this year. Shanks said the plant would save Cumbria County Council millions of pounds in landfill tax, generate SRF for use in extracting energy from waste, and divert around 85% of waste previously destined for landfill.

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