16 April 2015 by Tom Goulding

AmeyCespa makes progress on Milton Keynes waste facility

AmeyCespa’s waste recovery facility in Milton Keynes designed to handle up to 80,000 tonnes of residual waste per year is beginning to take shape, with the installation of thermal treatment equipment this month.

The facility, dubbed the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, will treat municipal refuse from households across the town – as well as commercial waste from local offices, shops and restaurants.

An aerial shot of the AmeyCespa recovery park, which is undergoing construction

An aerial shot of the AmeyCespa recovery park, which is undergoing construction

AmeyCespa, a subsidiary of Spanish multi-national Grupo Ferrovial, signed a contract with Milton Keynes council in summer 2013 to build and operate the plant for 15 years (see letsrecycle.com story).

Milton Keynes council hopes the facility, located on Dickens Road in Old Wolverton, will include a £50 million saving over its lifetime and create around 45 operational jobs. The centre is set to cut the amount of refuse the council sends to landfill by around 3%.

However, the council has also stipulated a ‘no mass burn policy’ for the facility, meaning AmeyCespa had to put forward other types of technology to treat the residual waste at the time of the deal.

This includes mechanical treatment technology by Stadler to extract recyclable materials from the residual waste, and an anaerobic digester operated by Celtic Bioenergy to treat organic waste and produce a compost-like output.

In addition, the recovery centre will include an Energos advanced thermal treatment facility, which will gasify any remaining unrecyclable waste, combusting it to generate steam and electricity.


While construction of the buildings that will house both the MBT and AD plants is ongoing, the second installation phase of equipment for the thermal treatment plant has now started.

An artist's impression of the AmeyCespa Milton Keynes facility, which is due to be completed in 2016

An artist’s impression of the AmeyCespa Milton Keynes facility, which is due to be completed in 2016

This phase will take eight weeks and includes delivery to site and installation of components, which requires careful planning and coordination with specialist crane lifting operations.

Construction of the entire recovery centre is due to be completed by January 2016, with commissioning to follow. The site is expected to begin full operations in September next year.

Tom Coleman, operations director for AmeyCespa East, said: “Progress is continuing at great speed on the new facility, with work continuing to remain on schedule.

“The current phase of work involves the delivery of a number of very large pieces of equipment to site, which has required us to place parking restrictions in the nearby area, as well as the removal of pieces of street furniture. We would like to thank local businesses and residents for their cooperation during this period.”


Andy Hudson, head of environment and waste for Milton Keynes council, added: “We are delighted with the progress being made on the construction of Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. Anyone visiting the site over the last few months will have noticed how quickly the buildings are taking shape and very soon the majority of this work will be complete, with the focus then being on the installation of the technology.

“This plant will make a real difference to the amount of waste ending up in landfill as well as increasing the amount of material recycled.”


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