11 January 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

Biowise awarded Cheshire East organics contract

Recycling and waste management firm, Biowise, is to build a £7m in-vessel composting facility after being awarded a contract by Cheshire East council.

Yesterday, the Hull-based firm announced it had won the £30m contract, which is for a minimum of 15-years, for the treatment of organic waste.

(l-r) Ralph Kemp, waste and environmental services at Cheshire East council; James Landau, managing director, Biowise; Don Stockton, environment portfolio holder for Cheshire East council; and Bob Wilkes, operations & development director, Biowise

Biowise said this comes as the authority is expanding its current household organic waste collection service to include food waste. The area has a population of around 370,000.


The recycling firm said it will design, build, finance and operate a state-of-the-art Gicom in-vessel composting facility (IVC) along with associated aerated static pile (ASP) composting, screening and blending operations at a council owned site in Leighton Grange, near Crewe.

Commenting on the contract award, councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment at Cheshire East council, said: “Biowise put forward a proposal that not only fulfilled all our strategic, operational and financial requirements, but assists us in making recycling as simple as possible for residents, with additional beneficial outcomes for the community and minimal disruption to service.”


In 2015, Biowise developed a similar IVC facility at its own site in Eppleworth, near Hull, which now handles up to 75,000 tonnes of garden and food waste produced annually by households in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (see letsrecycle.com story).

The facility utilises the Dutch ‘Gicom’ technology, on which the new site in Leighton Grange will be modelled.

Inside and external views of the IVC plant at Eppleworth

Founded in 1984, Gicom Composting Systems has installed its technology in over 700 facilities worldwide. “We have a great relationship with Biowise and are very happy to be partnering with them on this project and in the development of further opportunities in the UK,” said Monique Groenenboom, Gicom managing director.

Yorkshire Bank

Biowise secured a seven-figure funding package from Yorkshire Bank to assist with the build of the new facility.

Pete Sumners, corporate and structured finance director at Yorkshire Bank, said: “The development of this state-of-the-art facility is extremely encouraging for Biowise and we are delighted to support this important project. By bringing this market leading technology into the North, the plant will transform the way the local authority processes its recycling as well as create employment opportunities.”

According to Biowise, this is its first local authority contract outside the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire region, and is part of its plans to expand across Northern England.

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