SITA UK has been awarded a £53m contract to manage part of the residual household solid waste of Northamptonshire County Council.
The seven-year contract involves dealing with up to 79,000 tonnes of household waste every year.
The agreement is one of the three that Northamptonshire Council has sealed as part of a new strategy for residual waste, according to the council’s website. SITA will manage waste from the Northampton and Daventry area, while AmeyCespa will work in the rest of the council’s territory.
Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire’s portfolio holder for transport, highways and environment, described the SITA contract as a “landmark project”, saying that it showed that the local authority was taking steps to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that is landfilled.
However, for the first two years of the contract household waste will still be sent to SITA’s landfill site in Wellingborough.
From 2015 it will be processed into to a new fuel-from-waste facility that SITA is developing in Rugby, which will be commissioned in 2014.
The facility will produce fuel to supply Rugby cement kilns of cement supplier CEMEX as part of a 25-year partnership with SITA.
David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of SITA UK, said: “SITA is helping manufacturers to close the loop in ensuring that refuse does not go to waste but instead becomes an energy opportunity.”