Borough waste to save cash and power up the future

Wigan waste deal with FCC
Wigan waste deal with FCC

A SUPER-green Wigan scheme is set to save council tax payers millions.

Town Hall leader Lord Smith has just put pen to a quarter of a century long residual waste treatment contract with chief executive of FCC Environment Paul Taylor signing the contract.

From next April, the firm will process around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste a year for use as refuse derived fuel (RDF) to generate energy from waste at specialist facilities in the UK.

It is now estimated that this will save the council £1m per annum ... or £25m over the lifetime of the contract.

While the new initiative will also mean that more than 90 per cent of our none recyclable rubbish will no longer find its way to landfill.

Northampton based FCC Environment will also continue to manage the council’s Kirkless transfer station in Ince and three household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Atherton, Ince and Leigh. But the layout and infrastructure of the HWRCs will be redeveloped to enhance the experience of users and increase the range of materials which can be recycled.

In particular, the transfer station in Kirkless will be improved to maximise recycling as well as for the production of RDF.

This is the largest of four waste-related contracts to be procured this year.

And under this contract there will be some redevelopment of the HWRCs to improve “customer experience” and capture a greater range of materials.

Existing Kirkless transfer station will be improved to maximise recycling opportunities and process waste into a Refuse Derived Fuel for use in power plants elsewhere.

Moving away from putting waste in landfill sites has both environmental and financial benefits, with the cost of land filling becoming increasingly expensive.

Lord Smith said: “As part of The Deal we are committed to providing services that provide real value for money to our residents. When evaluating the different bids we felt that FCC Environment shared our ambition to maximise recycling and composting, while diverting as much waste as possible from landfill.

“They also represented best value for money, helping us to lower annual expenditure on dealing with municipal waste.”