Tapping into the wider Amey business: Amey comprises five operating divisions: environmental services, a highways business, a rail and consulting business, a utilities business and a facilities management business, which cuts across central Government and justice.
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“With that mix of business, the opportunity for us is not necessarily just around environmental services – it is about how you interface with some of those different sectors.
“It might be that a micro solution, for example, could be deployed in a prison or into an environment whereby there is a need for a power and heat offtake, and that solution is then done through one of our sister trading businesses. For Amey, that is a unique position.”
Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT): “It is inevitable”. He views it as an opportunity that would mean having “agility and flexibility” in its plants at the forefront of any commercial offering. “But again, PAYT will only work if it is in conjunction with other solutions.”
Developing “genuine” energy parks: The company plans to do this at Waterbeach, which has a planning application in for an EfW plant and where it is also considering solar “and other complementary renewable energy sources”.
Micro-EfW: For facilities up to around 45,000 tonnes which can easily be connected to a micro grid and “deliver circular solutions for customers who have large or relatively large quantities of waste in a single location”.
Growth in collections: Possible through being selective and “working with councils that genuinely want to be innovative around finding solutions and work with a long-term partner”.
Brexit leading to more domestic processing: “We have seen that some of the refuse-derived fuel and solid recovered fuel producers are keen to have conversations about inputting waste into our facilities and taking some capacity. Perhaps that would not have happened before Brexit because the exchange rate made that a far more commercially viable opportunity.”
He adds that waste which stays in the UK means it raises tax for the Government which can help incentivise investment in merchant facilities.
- September 2010: AmeyCespa acquires waste management firm Donarbon for £48.6m.
- November 2012: AmeyCespa chosen as preferred bidder for Milton Keynes waste treatment plant.
- February 2013: Defra withdraws PFI credits for Allerton waste recovery scheme in North Yorkshire.
- November 2014: Councils sign contract with AmeyCespa for £320m Allerton facility. Funding secured from numerous partners.
- March 2015: Construction starts on Allerton waste recovery park.
- May 2015: Amey selected to deliver 15-year contract to provide environmental and infrastructure services for Trafford Council.
- November 2015: Amey begins 25-year contract with Isle of Wight Council to deliver waste and recycling services.
- December 2016: Agrees a 10-year joint waste contract with Surrey Heath, Mole Valley, Elmbridge and Woking councils.
- January 2017: Peterborough Council consults on prematurely terminating its 23-year waste contract transferred to Amey when it bought Enterprise in 2013 due to “unprecedented challenges within local authority markets”.
- July 2017: Elmbridge Borough Council, part of the Surrey partnership, says missed collections as its new waste scheme is rolled out are ‘unacceptable’. Amey puts in extra crews.
- October 2017: Amey proposes a £200m EfW facility at its Waterbeach site to operate alongside the existing MRF, composting, landfill and MBT.
- March 2018: Allerton waste recovery park declared fully operational.
- April 2018: Councillors in Ealing, west London, agree to terminate their contract with Amey, ending a 15-year deal agreed in 2012 with Enterprise.
The opportunities ahead for Amey