Tonnes of rubbish heading to South Yorkshire as new £750million waste facility opens

The new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham
The new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham

A new waste facility costing £750 million will open its doors on Monday after two-and-a-half years in the planning.

The new plant in Manvers, Rotherham, will treat leftover waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and turn it into a valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill.

The Bolton Road site, which has created 40 new jobs in the Dearne Valley, will open on February 23 and process 1,000 tonnes of waste a day once fully operational.

Over the next 25 years the plant will churn 250,000 tonnes of leftover waste per year, from 340,000 South Yorkshire households.

The rubbish will be treated in a ‘mechanical biological treatment’ facility.

The MBT facility will maximise recycling by extracting any overlooked plastic, steel, aluminium and glass.

The remaining material will either be sent to power firm SSE’s Ferrybridge Power Station for energy production, or used on site in the Anaerobic Digestion facility to produce electricity and form compost.

It means the site will help cut carbon dioxide by 114,000 tonnes a year.

The facility was built by 3SE, a partner of the waste management company Shanks Group, and power firm SSE, on behalf of the BDR Waste Partnership, which manages waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

BDRWP was awarded £77.4m of government grant funding towards the new facility.

It will also treat a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils in the area as well as household rubbish.

The site is expected to be fully operational by July.

Shanks’ contracts director, Colin Fletcher, said: “Taking our first waste is a major milestone in this exciting new development which will revolutionise the treatment of leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

“The team is in place and we are looking forward to making more from waste in the area.”

BDR manager Beth Clarke, said: “This facility will increase recycling, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, make energy from waste and create new jobs.

“At the same time we will be stepping up our campaign to encourage residents to recycle even more of what they throw away each day.”