WRG and Cemex win UK waste contract

WRG and Cemex win UK waste contract
Published: 03 April 2011

Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in partnership with Cemex UK has been awarded preferred bidder status for UK-based North Lincolnshire Council’s 27-year waste contract. The contract will treat up to 1.5Mt of residual household waste over its lifetime.

The proposal will provide a sustainable, local solution to North Lincolnshire’s need to treat and dispose of the waste that is left over after recycling has taken place.

In combination with cement-maker Cemex, WRG will use Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) to recover as much value from the residual waste as possible by converting it into Climafuel ©, an alternative fuel developed by Cemex UK for use at their cement kilns at South Ferriby, Lincolnshire. Climafuel has been used successfully at this site as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels such as coal for almost five years.

This will have the combined benefit of reducing North Lincolnshire’s reliance on landfill, thus helping to meet tough Government landfill diversion targets and avoid Landfill Tax which is set to increase to GBP80/t as well as displacing the use of fossil fuels in cement making.

Commenting on the announcement, Cemex UK’s technical director, Neville Roberts said: “We have been steadily increasing the use of Climafuel at our South Ferriby plant and to be able to source more of it locally really is a win-win situation. The use of Climafuel displaces fossil fuels, reduces emissions, avoids landfill and increases recycling rates and is therefore a much more sustainable option for us and securing this contract to deal with the county’s waste represents a local solution to a local problem.”