Shanks Group has secured a two-year contract to treat food waste for Buckinghamshire County Council. The contract will begin on 1 February and includes a provision for three one-year extensions.
Shanks will manage the treatment of approximately 7,000 tonnes of food waste in the north of Buckinghamshire at its Westcott Park anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near Aylesbury.
Westcott Park has the capacity to process 48,000 tonnes of food waste a year and export 3MW of electricity to the National Grid.
Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks’ municipal division, said: “We are delighted to win this contract with Buckinghamshire County Council, which adds to our municipal portfolio by extending our ongoing partnerships with local authorities in the UK.
“Our solution brings both significant environmental benefit and cost savings to the council. By producing green energy and deploying digestate back to land, we are making more from waste and enhancing our position in the market as a leading waste-to-product company.”
In April 2015, Westcott Park was issued with a certificate of compliance and PAS 110 environmental accreditation. It also has a three-year contract to supply digestate from the facility.