Sita UK and Cyclamax have teamed up to develop six gasification and recycling-led resource parks in one of the biggest ever commitments to developing gasification capacity in the UK.
Capable of treating around 600,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste the development will also produce enough electrical power for over 85,000 homes.
Ascot Environmental will be building the gasification facilities while its sister company Planet Advantage will distribute its unique batched gasification technology. This batched technology fools the second stage of the process into thinking that the chambers are fired continuously rather than sequentially.
Sita UK technical director Stuart Hayward-Higham said: This agreement is one of the first of its kind in the UK and is an important step forward in investing in the alternate treatment technologies to service the industrial and commercial waste market at a local level in the UK.
We believe that there is an exciting future for gasification and other energy recovery technologies in the UK.
Four of the resource parks at Dagenham, Avonmouth, Chesterfield and Derby have received planning permission or are in the planning process. Excluding Dagenham, materials recycling facilities will be developed on these sites with Sita supplying the waste. Locations of the other two facilities will be announced in due course.
The resource parks have been designed to be of community scale and will provide the local area with an alternative solution for treating industrial and commercial waste with facilities to recover materials and recover energy from the residual waste.
Cyclamax Holdings managing director Tony Watkins said: By combining the expertise of both Cyclamax and Sita UK we feel we can offer localised, sustainable recycling and renewable energy solutions by productively diverting around 600,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill.
Gasification technologies are particularly suited to delivering local community scale solutions and with investment levels of around £220 million for the first four facilities, are economically competitive at this scale.