The facility will consist of a materials recycling facility (MRF) and a waste transfer station and is a key part of the infrastructure for the companys 28-year private finance initiative contract with Northumberland County Council which began in 2006.
Sita UK general Northumberland manager Richard Hinchcliffe said: It is vital for Sita UK, as the county councils partner, to invest in state-of-the-art new facilities that can handle the ever-increasing amount of recycled materials collected, and also achieve the ambitious landfill diversion targets that have been set.
The partnership is aiming for just 8% of Northumberlands waste to be sent to landfill by 2012.
The West Sleekburn site is due to be operational by April 2009. The MRF will process up to 50,000 tonnes of mixed dry recyclables per year and the waste transfer station will handle up to 70,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste per year. Once the waste is bulked up it will be transported to Sitas Tees Valley energy-from-waste plant.
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