A CONTRACT has been signed which ‘marks a milestone’ towards creation of a new £40 million waste treatment plant in South Yorkshire.
Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils have formally agreed to send refuse to the new facility, to be built at Manvers by contractor 3SE.
Subject to planning permission, the facility will be operational by 2015 and run until 2040.
The facility will treat up to 265,000 tonnes a year of leftover household rubbish and a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils.
After treatment, nearly half the waste will end up as a solid recovered fuel, used to generate electricity at a new multi-fuel plant to be built next to the Ferrybridge Power Station, near Pontefract.
The facility at Bolton Road will lead to a saving equivalent to 114,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, the councils say.
Barnsley Council executive director Dr Ann Gosse said: “This is a key milestone in the project which will cut waste sent to landfill.”