A £727m deal has been finalised between South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership and a Sita consortium to treat 190,000 tonnes of residual waste a year.
The signing of the 25-year deal comes seven months after Sita UK was announced preferred bidder for the contract. Its consortium partners are Lend Lease Infrastructure (EMEA) and I-Environment Investments. The waste management partnership comprises Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City councils.
The contract will involve building an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Teesside, which already has planning permission and an environmental permit. Three associated transfer stations and a visitor and education centre will also be developed.
The partnership aims to increase recycling from 30% to 50% by 2020, and a new kerbside recycling scheme has been introduced across the partnership area.
Tony Alder, project director for the partnership, said: “The signing of this contract is a milestone for our ambitious waste plans. It will allow us to significantly reduce our reliance on landfill and provide our residents with a greener waste management service.”
The partnership was awarded £73.5m of PFI funding from Defra in July 2008 to go towards the development of a treatment solution for residual waste.
Left: Simon Johnson, Commercial Manager, Lend Lease
Back: Tony Alder, Project Director, South Tyne and Wear Waste Partnership
Front: Amanda Padfield, Principal PPP Project Manager, SITA UK
Right: David Newman, Infrastructure Development Director, SITA UK