Milton Keynes and AmeyCespa sign gasification plant deal


A contract has been signed between Milton Keynes Council and AmeyCespa that will lead to a mechanical biological treatment plant, an anaerobic digestion facility and gasification plant built in the town.

The Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deal with household black sack waste as well as some commercial waste from offices, shops and restaurants.


AmeyCespa has submitted a planning application to build the new facility in the Old Wolverton industrial area, on the site of a former distribution centre. If approved, the facility will provide a significant saving on the council’s waste management bill.

The MBT plant will extract recyclable materials, the AD facility will treat food waste in the black sack waste, and the advanced thermal gasification facility will process the remaining waste to generate electricity.

As a result, 95 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfill.

Milton Keynes Council cabinet member for environment and waste Cllr David Hopkins said: “As Milton Keynes continues to grow, so does the amount of waste we produce. Building on the success we have achieved in recycling, we needed to find innovative, cost-saving solutions to deal with black sack waste, which Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deliver by recovering as much as possible for recycling and composting from our black sack waste and generating renewable energy with what remains.

“Combining our ideas with AmeyCespa’s wealth of experience, we have worked closely together to come up with an excellent long-term, value for money solution and are delighted to now sign the contract, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Milton Keynes’ history of innovative waste management.”

AmeyCespa was announced as preferred bidder for the contract in October 2012.