FCC Environment has signed a contract valued at £450m with Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian.
The contract will see the company manage and dispose of up to 135,000 tonnes of residual waste from Midlothian Council and the City of Edinburgh Council and a further 20,000 tonnes from local commercial and industrial businesses for the next 25 years through the design, construction and operation of a new energy from waste facility at the councils site at Millerhill in Midlothian, just outside Edinburgh City.
“In Edinburgh we have made great progress to increase the amount of waste we recycle and this new facility will provide a sustainable way of disposing of any waste that can’t be recycled by using it as an energy source for locally-generated heat and power”
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a joint venture partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council. The contract comprises a 31-month construction period followed by a 25-year operation period.
FCC was appointed “Preferred Bidder” by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils in December 2014 to build the state-of-the-art recycling and energy recovery facility for processing municipal waste collected by the Partner Councils at the old rail marshalling yards at Millerhill, Midlothian, on the outskirts of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The facility will handle around 155,000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from the Scottish capital and the surrounding Midlothian council area every year.
It will supply electricity to the national grid equivalent to the energy needs of 27,000 households and has the potential to supply heat into local district heating networks. The delivered waste will be mechanically pre-treated in order to separate ferrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling.
Construction is expected to start immediately and commissioning of the new facility is programmed by the spring of 2019 with Service Commencement due on 6 May 2019.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I am pleased that FCC will now be able to begin work on this state-of-the-art facility. In Edinburgh we have made great progress to increase the amount of waste we recycle and this new facility will provide a sustainable way of disposing of any waste that can’t be recycled by using it as an energy source for locally-generated heat and power.
“The procurement of this project is an example of successful partnership working between the two councils, and will benefit both Edinburgh and Midlothian’s zero waste strategies over the coming years.”
Councillor Jim Bryant, the Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Midlothian Council, said: “This is another exciting milestone in an innovative project that will turn a derelict, brownfield site into an energy production centre.
“This represents another sizeable infrastructure investment in the Shawfair area. In addition to increasing recycling rates, the plant will produce electricity for the National Grid.”
Paul Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of FCC Environment (UK) said: “The Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre will play a significant role in improving recycling and reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill throughout Edinburgh and Midlothian. The project is part of the commitment of both the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils to achieve these goals, and helps support the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.