The contract, which will begin on 1 October, will see Amey treat household kerbside residual waste for the council for three-and-a-half years. The contract will involve around 25,000 tonnes of waste per year being treated at the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park.
The 132,000 tonnes-per-year capacity facility, based in Wolverton, brings together mechanical treatment, gasification and anaerobic digestion.
It has been developed under a 15-year contract between Amey and Milton Keynes council signed in 2013.
Central Bedfordshire had previously sent residual waste to Shanks’ Frog Island MBT plant in London for treatment.
Amey’s Environmental Services managing director, Rob Edmondson, said: “We’re delighted to secure this contract, which will see us bringing in waste to our new facility in Milton Keynes. This is an exciting time for Amey as our new state-of-the art waste treatment plants in Milton Keynes and North Yorkshire come online.
“It demonstrates how Amey is focusing and growing its waste treatment capabilities, with a further treatment facility in-build on the Isle of Wight and another being planned in Cambridgeshire.”
Commenting on the contract award, Cllr Budge Wells, deputy executive sustainable communities at Central Bedfordshire council, said: “Central Bedfordshire Council is pleased to be working with Amey Cespa on the treatment and disposal of our household waste.
“The new facility is close by and has the benefit of savings on haulage, reducing ‘waste miles’ and benefitting the environment.”
Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is one of two plants, alongside the Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire, currently in the commissioning phase.
According to Amey, when fully operational the two plants will treat more than 450,000 tonnes of waste per year and generate enough energy to power the equivalent of more than 50,000 homes. (see letsrecycle.com story)
The waste management company already operates four household waste recycling centres on behalf of the council, after being awarded the contract in 2015. (see letsrecycle.com story) As part of the contract, Amey is responsible for the four sites in Central Bedfordshire: Ampthill, Biggleswade, Dunstable, and Leighton Buzzard.