Waste management firm scoops £30m council contract

Ralph Kemp, Corporate Manager Commissioning, Waste and Environmental Services Cheshire East Council; James Landau, Managing Director Biowise; Don Stockton, Conservative elected member Cheshire East Council, Environment Portfolio Holder; Bob Wilkes, Operations & Development Director Biowise.

Recycling and waste management firm Biowise, based in Hull, has secured a 15-year contract worth £30m for the treatment of organic waste in a deal with with Cheshire East Council.

Biowise will provide an organic waste treatment solution for the council, which has expanded its current household organic waste collection service to include food waste.

Biowise will design, build, finance and operate a £7m state-of-the-art Gicom In-vessel Composting Facility (IVC) along with associated Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting, screening and blending operations at the council-owned site in Leighton Grange near Crewe.

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

Founded in 1984, Gicom Composting Systems has to date installed its technology in over 700 facilities worldwide and offers end users a cost effective method of recycling organic waste and achieving landfill diversion targets.

The facility in Leighton Grange will have the capacity to process up to 75,000 tonnes of food and garden waste each year and is expected to take one year to build with a proposed operational date of Summer 2019.

Cllr 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.”

“We are delighted to be working with Cheshire East Council on this new waste treatment project which will provide a proven solution for the treatment of organic waste as well as a quality end product,” said James Landau, managing director of Biowise.

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


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