An eight-year contract has been awarded to SITA UK to process 140,000 tonnes of residual waste each year by Durham County Council.
Under the contract, worth £112.8 million, the waste will be treated at SITA’s new energy-from-waste facility in Teeside, which is currently under construction.
Once built, this facility will generate 10MW of energy.
SITA UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to work with Durham County Council to help put their residual waste to good use. We are also pleased to further expand our activities in the north east of England, where we are currently investing millions of pounds in modern waste management facilities.”
Durham County Council corporate director – resources Don Mclure added: “We are delighted to be working with SITA UK, whose innovative treatment processes will help ensure the amount of County Durham’s rubbish that gets buried in the ground is kept to an absolute minimum. The council has a target of diverting 75 per cent of household waste away from landfill by 2020 and the new contract will ensure this target will be met and exceeded, with around 90 per cent of waste diverted as the contract progresses.”
A four-year extension could potentially be awarded to SITA UK, which would increase the value of the contract to around £158.9 million.