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NRAs 2016 - Best Energy from Waste Initiative

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Winner: Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Waste Partnership and 3SE

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils have jointly managed waste generated in the three boroughs for almost two decades through the BDR Waste Partnership.

The partnership’s waste treatment facility at Manvers in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, opened in July 2015 to treat up to 250,000 tonnes a year of household waste from 340,000 homes.

In one of the first waste partnerships of its kind in the UK, BDR joined forces with 3SE, a consortium of Shanks and SSE. BDR secured £77.4m of private finance initiative funding towards the £750m contract for 3SE to build and run the facility.

We were impressed with how the winner dealt with collaboration between three councils to produce a waste management solution that made optimal use of the fractions in the waste stream to create a recovery system

Judges’ view

It extracts recyclable materials before the remaining non-recyclables are turned into a fuel which is treated at Multifuel Energy’s Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 in West Yorkshire.

Around 95% of waste is diverted from landfill, making a significant CO2  saving. More than 40 jobs have been created in Dearne Valley, an unemployment blackspot, and almost all people have been recruited locally.

The Manvers facility is one of the first in the UK to use pioneering technology to deal with all types of household waste on one site, reducing vehicle journeys and the need for separate infrastructures. It is also the first plant in the UK to use dry anaerobic technology operating solely on organic municipal solid waste fines.

The mechanical biological treatment plant has two lines and is one of the largest Shanks have ever built.

The plant runs a visitors’ centre, and a year-long project with Magna Science Adventure Centre resulted in more than 2,000 junior schoolchildren and their families learning first-hand about recycling.


  • Foresight Group (Energy Works Hull)
  • Foresight Group (Hoddesdon Project)
  • MWH Treatment
  • Network Rail
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Public Power Solutions
  • Re-Gen WTE

Sponsored by: RWM with CIWM

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