Dorset firm in lead for £80m waste contract

SBC's Len Wyse with winners of the Scottish Borders Floral Gateway competition
SBC's Len Wyse with winners of the Scottish Borders Floral Gateway competition
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DORSET-based waste treatment and renewable energy specialist, New Earth Solutions, has been selected as the preferred bidder for a major waste management contract worth more than £80million with Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

In the company’s first venture into Scotland, the contract, which is scheduled to be signed shortly, entails the development of a new residual waste treatment facility, as well as the processing of mixed dry recyclables and composting of green waste.

The contract, which is worth upwards of £80million over its 24-year life, will involve the handling of about 65,000 tonnes of waste a year, of which 45,000 tonnes will be treated using New Earth’s mechanical biological treatment technology in a new state-of-the-art facility at the council’s Easter Langlee site in Galashiels.

New Earth will be responsible for the processing the council’s mixed dry recyclables and green waste from April next year and the residual waste treatment facility is due to be operational from October 2012.

New Earth says its “flexible approach” supports the council’s drive to improve its recycling rate and divert waste away from landfill as part of its contribution to Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan.

Len Wyse, SBC’s executive member for environmental services, said: “It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in spring 2011, which will place Scottish Borders Council at the forefront of waste treatment within Scotland,” he said.

“The proposed facility will use leading technology to divert a majority of collected household waste from landfill and thereby minimise the future costs to Scottish Borders Council for dealing with waste.”

The contract will also include the provision of green energy using New Earth’s advanced thermal conversion technology to generate 3MW of low-carbon renewable electricity and heat – sufficient for about 3,000 homes and contributing to the region’s renewable energy targets.

New Earth Solutions’ contracts director, Richard Brooke, said: “Our appointment as preferred bidder by Scottish Borders Council is particularly pleasing as, subject to contract award, the project represents a broad scope of services to be managed by New Earth and uses our range of technologies and processes.

“The Easter Langlee facility will be our farthest north, truly expanding our reach to cover the UK mainland. We look forward to working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.”