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Wiltshire’s £20m MBT plant will boost landfill diversion to 80%

Work has begun on Hills Waste Solutions’ £20m project to build a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Northacre, Wiltshire.

The plant will process 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year collected in the west of Wiltshire that is currently going to landfill.

Once the plant is completed, within the next two years, it will boost the amount that Wiltshire Council diverts from landfill from 63% to 80%. It will also see the reduction of lorry miles because all the waste collected will go to the Northacre site instead of being transported to a landfill in north Wiltshire.

MBT specialist Entsorga Italia is providing technology for the plant, while Interserve has been awarded the design and build construction contract.

The refuse-derived fuel (RDF) produced at the end of the MBT process will be shipped to Europe to be used in renewable energy plants, but the company expects that production of the RDF should encourage the creation of a local market. Hills Waste said the project will help it “to underpin” its expansion into new markets.

Hills Group chairman Alan Pardoe said: “This is a significant milestone in both the company’s development and the way Wiltshire handles its household waste. In the coming months, we will see innovative technology installed on the site by our contractors which will open up new markets for us.”

Council cabinet member for waste, property and development control services Toby Sturgis said: “This is one part of a package of measures that Wiltshire Council is rolling out that will hugely reduce what we send to landfill. These measures, of which the construction of the Northacre facility is a major part, not only make environmental sense but financial sense for residents.”

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