The service will include the management of seven Household Waste Recycling Centres, a localised Bring Site network, a waste transfer station and the building of an energy self-sufficient Residual Waste Treatment Facility at South Kirkby.
The build programme will take approximately two years and will see Shanks able to process up to 200,000 tonnes of household waste per year, helping to increase the local authority’s landfill diversion rate to 90 percent.
Cllr Peter Box, Wakefield Council – “This is the first stage of big changes to come… Our partnership with Shanks means significant investment to improve services and we look forward to residents seeing immediate benefits…”
A variety of materials will be segregated for recycling and the facility will produce a Refuse Derived Fuel (‘RDF’) for processing at a multi-fuel plant, which is being built at Ferrybridge Power Station. Green waste will also be treated to create compost, some of which will be used throughout the District for land remediation and landscape improvements.
The contract will see approximately 250 people recruited to work on construction of the new facilities and a further 60 permanent positions created, making a significant contribution to the local economy.
Shanks expects that Wakefield residents will see increased staffing levels, significant improvements to signage and access to the sites which will now be available seven days a week.
The changes will not have any effect on existing bin collections or the way in which bulky waste collections and skip hire are managed currently in the Wakefield District.
Ian Goodfellow, managing director of Shanks UK, said: “At Shanks, we continue to invest in highly automated recycling and recovery technology to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and incineration. Our aim is to work in partnership with Wakefield Council and Wakefield residents to make more from the waste produced.”
Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This is the first stage of big changes to come in how we manage waste and improve recycling in the District. Our partnership with Shanks means significant investment to improve services and we look forward to residents seeing immediate benefits like opening the household waste sites for seven days a week and, in the longer term, bringing more jobs to the District as well as protecting the environment and boosting the local economy.”