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Multi-million recycling plant set for UK

United Kingdom – On securing a 25-year, £750 million (Euro 900 million) contract from the UK’s Wakefield Council, Shanks Group and engineering firm Babcock is to build a recycling facility at South Kirkby in West Yorkshire with the capacity to process an annual volume of 230 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste from homes.

The new plant will treat a variety of materials – including metals, some plastics, aggregates and glass – and will rely on mechanical sorting, autoclave and anaerobic digestion technology. The remaining waste will be sorted into an organic fraction, with green waste to be processed at an enclosed composting facility. The plant will also generate a fraction to serve as refuse-derived fuel, which will be sent to a nearby multi-fuel plant currently under development.

The council believes the venture, which is expected to be fully operational around September next year, will boost its recycling rate from the 39.3% achieved during 2012 to a minimum of 52%.

The project has received financial backing from the UK Green Investment Bank worth over £30 million (Euro 36 million). Another £121.7 million (Euro 146 million) will be invested by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Japan as well as Barclays and BayernLB from Germany.

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