A £53 million contract to deal with household waste from Northamptonshire County Council has been won by SITA UK.
During the first two years of the contract, waste will continue to be sent to SITA UK’s landfill site in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire.
But from 2015, the waste will be sent to SITA UK’s new 200,000 tonne per year solid fuel recovery facility in Rugby, which will be commissioned in 2014.
It will supply the fuel produced to CEMEX to use at its Rugby cement kilns as part of its 25-year partnership to supply the company with alternative fuel.
SITA UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are delighted to be working with Northamptonshire in what is a milestone agreement to turn the concept of a circular economy into a practical reality – taking household waste out of landfill and reusing it as a fuel to support Britain’s industrial output.
“SITA UK is helping manufacturers close the loop in ensuring that refuse does not go to waste but instead becomes an energy opportunity.”
Northamptonshire County Council portfolio holder for transport, highways and environment Cllr Michael Clarke said: “This is a landmark project for the county council as it shows that we’re taking positive steps to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste which is landfilled by using innovative solutions.
“The county council isn’t investing in new facilities, but making full use of the facilities that the waste management industry offers. This is a greener outlook for Northamptonshire’s waste.”