Waste facility up for more top awards

The waste treatment facility at Manvers which has revolutionised the management of leftover household waste in South Yorkshire has been shortlisted for two more national awards.

It is a finalist in the MRW National Recycling Awards in two categories - Campaign of the Year for Love Food Hate Waste, and Public Private Partnership of the Year.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence and innovation in recycling and resources management in the waste industry.

The facility opened in July 2015 and treats leftover waste from almost 350,000 households in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, turning it into a useful resource rather than sending it to landfill. More than 50 new jobs have been created in the Dearne Valley, and good relations established with local residents. A Community Liaison Group meets regularly at the facility’s Visitor Centre.

Since it opened, 96.5 per cent of the waste received has been diverted away from landfill, cutting landfill taxes and C02 emissions. Some remaining recyclable materials are extracted from the waste, and the rest turned into a fuel which is used at the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility in West Yorkshire. Once there, the fuel releases its energy to produce low carbon electricity which is supplied to the National Grid.

The project is the result of a partnership between BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils) and 3SE, a consortium of Renewi (formerly Shanks), the international waste-to-produce business and SSE, one of the UK’s leading energy companies.

Part of its work is to promote the reduce, re-use and recycle message to residents, businesses and schools. Last year thousands of people across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham took part in a Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

It generated almost a quarter of a million Twitter and almost half a million Facebook impressions, and a waste composition analysis after the campaign revealed that food waste had been cut by a third.

Renewi Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, said: “Love Food Hate Waste is such a great campaign because it benefits the councils by reducing the amount of waste to be treated, while making a real impact on the lives of the residents and families that worked with us. By offering really simple hints and tips to help people plan their meals, make food last longer through better storage and have a greater understanding of labels, simple portion measures and using up leftovers, families can save up to £700 a year.

We hope to get even more people across South Yorkshire involved this summer when we run our new food waste campaign. We are especially hoping to work closely with food banks and people in food poverty and would love to hear from any groups that are interested.”

Chair of BDR’s Joint Steering Committee, Paul Castle, said the awards recognition was a testament to the facility, the team behind it, and the great partnership between the BDR Councils and 3SE.

“We are delighted at the news and will continue to focus on delivering excellent services from this innovative project which is making such an important contribution to the environment.”

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