The Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant at AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach site is once again processing all the county’s household waste, following a malfunction in machinery in 2012.
The MBT plant is a key element of AmeyCespa’s 28-year PFI contract with Cambridgeshire County Council.
The plant processes waste put out in black bins/sacks across Cambridgeshire, using a range of technology to remove any recyclable materials before sending the remaining waste to biodegrade. This reduces the amount of household waste going to landfill by at least 50 percent.
The Waterbeach facility opened in 2009 and processed around 112,000 tonnes of Cambridgeshire’s black bag waste a year, however, in September 2012 the plant broke down.
In a statement, AmeyCespa said: “This type of equipment is highly specialist and requires bespoke design and manufacture for AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach facility. The time required to undertake the procurement, design, manufacture and installation phases of new equipment will mean that commissioning is unlikely to start until December 2013.”
The plant began to process waste earlier this autumn and the volume of waste materials fed to the facility has been gradually increased to ensure it is operating as it should.
Paul Greenwell, managing director of AmeyCespa, said: “We are happy to confirm that the MBT plant is once again processing black bag waste from homes across Cambridgeshire.
Paul Greenwell, AmeyCespa – “Not only have we replaced the turning machinery which failed in 2012, but we have also taken the opportunity to make improvements to the mechanical treatment element of the plant. This allows us to further maximise the benefits from the county’s household waste”
Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that the MBT plant is now processing waste again. AmeyCespa has worked very hard with their contractors to carry out the significant work, which has brought the facility back into operation.
“It is important to remember that throughout this time the authority and local council tax payers were protected from any additional costs incurred because of the breakdown due to the robust contract we have in place.
“The focus now is for us all to work together to further increase our recycling rates in Cambridgeshire. For while the MBT plant is one part of this effort, we all need to make sure we put more of our waste into our recycling wheelie bins. For while the MBT machinery was being fixed, every day hundreds of tonnes of recycling collected from kerbside continued to be recycled and the garden and food waste was being composted.