Basildon Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant begins receiving waste as facility begins its testing phase.
Bristol-based Resource Futures is to undertake waste compositional analysis for the consortium partnership, UBB Essex. The Basildon facility, constructed by Balfour Beatty and operated by Urbaser, is now fully developed and has begun its testing phase whereby operations are being put through their paces by processing small amounts of Essex’s residual waste. Once this phase is complete the plant will start to process up to 417,000 tonnes of residual municipal waste per annum.
Between February and July, Resource Futures will deliver three waste composition audits - each analysing 12 one-tonne samples of waste to build a representative breakdown of the type of material the Basildon MBT is receiving.
The plant has been designed taking into account detailed compositional data provided through the bidding process by Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council, the public sector PFI partners. The data collected by Resource Futures will be used to assess whether the facility is receiving the composition of waste expected and if the facility is performing to design standard.
“Resource Futures are a very well respected company in the field of waste characterisation. They offered a competitive proposal and unique knowledge so were the logical selection for us,” commented Gemma Saunders, Assistant Project Manager at Urbaser, “We are excited to be working with Resource Futures and so far the experience has been very positive.”
“We are delighted to be working with UBB Essex on this project as it enters its new, exciting phase. This work is crucial to determine what type of waste is actually being sent to the site,” explains Sam Reeve, Operations Director at Resource Futures. “Determining a detailed composition profile for the material will help to make sure that the Basildon MBT plant is optimised to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
By sorting the waste into recyclable products, organic material and non-recyclable materials, the MBT process will help to dramatically enhance Essex’s environmental performance.