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Veolia acquires Boomeco as 'RDF and wood platform'

Veolia has completed the acquisition of wood recycler and refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exporter Boomeco.

Veolia told MRW that it had bought the business and assets of the firm, which had been operating since 2000.

It will take over Boomeco’s site in Avonmouth, Bristol, which processes a variety of grades of wood into chips to be used in combined heat and power plants and produces RDF from household waste.

The new owners’ UK chief operating officer, Gavin Graveson (pictured), said the site would become Veolia’s “platform in the south-west for wood and RDF production”.

He said: “We are making significant progress in our drive to increase the quality of energy we are delivering from renewable sources.

“Post-COP21, Veolia’s ongoing expansion in biomass and RDF production will help the UK to meet its 2020 carbon emissions targets, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and enhancing domestic energy security.”

This follows Veolia taking over collections of around 4,000 trade waste bins of another RDF firm, Niramax, in December.

Boomeco apologised in August for allowing infestation at its Avonmouth site after the Environment Agency received complaints about a serious fly problem there.

The firm pleaded guilty at Bristol magistrates and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £4,873 costs.

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