Long-term waste management contract discussed by County and City Councils

Published on: Friday, 21st September 2018

Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council met on Thursday 20th September at their respective Cabinet meetings to discuss their joint long-term waste management contract.

Under the contract, Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd (RRS) is building a waste treatment centre on Sinfin Lane, Derby, in order to divert 190,000 tonnes per year of waste from landfill. RRS currently manages nine household waste recycling centres for the councils, and two waste transfer stations.  The centre continues to court controversy amongst local residents due to noise and smells.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure, added: “Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet met today to discuss progress of the waste treatment centre. We need a waste treatment facility to give us and council tax-payers certainty over the future cost of dealing with waste that residents from the city and county either cannot or chose not to recycle.

“We’re carefully monitoring the progress of commissioning – the phase of the project during which the equipment is tested to make sure it is all working together properly – and we’re in discussions with RRS about how they can get the waste treatment centre fully operational and meeting our required capacity and performance requirements as soon as possible.”

The purpose of the meetings was not to take a decision on termination, but the councils are closely monitoring their contractual position with RRS.

Leader of Derby City Council Councillor Chris Poulter said: “Derby City Council’s Cabinet met today to discuss progress of the waste treatment centre. As with all major initiatives, it is prudent to monitor progress, and agree what decisions need be taken in order to move them forward. Our priority is to seek assurances that the centre will be operational as soon as possible.”

The centre is being built to heat-treat waste to produce a gas which is then burned to create enough electricity to power 14,000 homes.  It will deal with waste currently sent to landfill sites or treated outside Derbyshire – which is not environmentally or financially sustainable for the future.

 

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