Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Torfaen County Borough Council have jointly appointed New Earth Solutions on a three-year contract to treat and dispose of 40,000 tonnes per year of residual waste.
The contract, which can potentially be extended up to eight years in total, will see the waste from both authorities treated at New Earth’s integrated MBT and renewable energy facility in Avonmouth, Bristol. Any remaining material that is not suitable for treatment, will be sent to landfill.
In a joint statement, Blaenau Gwent executive member for environment Councillor Keith Hayden and Torfaen member for neighbourhood services Councillor John Cunningham said: “We look forward to working with New Earth over the coming years to deliver this contract and we are also extremely pleased to have been able to deliver this procurement as a collaborative project and look forward to working together over the next few years to jointly manage the delivery of this contract.”
New Earth commercial director Richard Brooke said: “New Earth is delighted to have been awarded this residual waste treatment and disposal contract from Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen County Borough Councils.
“The majority of the residual waste will be treated at New Earth’s Avonmouth facility, which will deliver recycling, landfill diversion and carbon benefits for the councils.
“It’s a particularly exciting time for New Earth and its customers as refuse derived fuel produced by Avonmouth MBT facility is being used to recover renewable and low carbon energy in an adjacent new plant using New Earth Advanced Thermal (NEAT) technology.”