A state of the art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility developed by recycling company Biowise was officially opened by Lord Haskins yesterday (June 29), at Willerby, near Hull.
Over 100 guests joined Lord Haskins and Biowise management at the opening event, including representatives from local businesses, funding organisations, local authorities and children from Willerby Carr Lane Primary school.
James Landau, managing director at East-Riding based Biowise, which also trades under the name Wastewise, said: “It is an amazing day and great to see the culmination of all our efforts come together after years of planning.
“We are very happy to have so many people here to view the facility and see it officially opened. Our thanks go to Lord Haskins and to all those who have helped make this a reality.”
Biowise has invested £4.5m in the project which includes funding assistance from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as from Yorkshire Bank and Close Brothers Asset Finance (see letsrecycle.com story).
In April 2014 the company, in partnership with Hartlepool-based J&B Recycling, was awarded a £40 million, 10-year contract to process recyclable material from Hull and the organic waste from both Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire councils (see letsrecycle.com story).
J&B will fulfil the dry recycling side of the contract, sorting and processing 25,000 tonnes of glass, plastics, paper and cardboard at its materials recycling facility in Hartlepool.
Under this contract the new facility will process over 60,000 tonnes per annum of garden and food waste from 263,000 households in the region. The plant, which uses Dutch ‘Gicom’ technology, will convert the organic waste into compost for use in horticulture and agriculture.
Local Enterprise Partnership
Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and former chairman of Northern Foods, cut the ribbon with the help of Jessica Middleton and James Adamson from Willerby Carr Lane Primary school and declared the facility officially open.
He said: “Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is at the forefront of driving growth and prosperity for the region and I am delighted to open this state of the art In-Vessel Composting facility. This is a great example of how we can work with local businesses to help them grow and create new jobs. I wish Biowise every success.”
The Biowise development is particularly significant in the organics sector as relatively few new in-vessel composting facilities have been developed recently.