14 August 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Eco agrees wood supply deal for Margam plant

Dorset-based Eco Sustainable Solutions, has agreed to a major contract to supply the Margam Green waste wood plant in South Wales with up to 50,000 tonnes of waste wood per year over five years.

Recently completed the 250,000 tonnes-per-year capacity Margam Green plant is owned by Glennmont Partners, which acquired the site from Eco2.

(l-r) Peter Hardy, Eco’s Commercial Director, and Rob Wareham, Logistics Coordinator, with two of the lorries taking wood waste to South Wales

The site entered commercial operations this summer, taking in Grade-C waste wood sourced from local authorities, civic amenity sites and commercial and industrial sources (see letsrecycle.com story).

Stobart Energy will supply the remaining 200,000 tonnes of feedstock for the facility.

Eco Sustaniable Solutions will be sending an average of ten truck-loads of waste wood per day to Margam Green, working with local and national hauliers.

Supply

The wood is sourced from household recycling centres in Dorset through a contract Eco has held since 2008 and multiple commercial recycling centres in Hampshire.

The material had previously been sent to facilities in Sweden for processing.

Commenting on the deal, Peter Hardy, Eco’s commercial director, said: “This is a big contract for us but also has the added benefit of adding to our green credentials. Previously the wood was taken to Southampton and then shipped to Sweden for use in their power plants. The wood now stays in this country and is used to power UK homes.

The Margam Green wood waste biomass plant

“We expect our carbon footprint to be reduced even further as result of providing wood to Margam Green rather than going by ship to Sweden.”

Founded in 1994, Eco employs 41 people and has an annual turnover of £12 million. The company annually processes 250,000 tonnes of material at Parley including organic and wood wastes.

The business currently handles 300,000 tonnes of organic material each year across four facilities, including its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Piddlehinton near Dorchester.

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