Scunthorpe waste team wins major regional energy contract as awards beckon

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Apr 2018

Waste processed in Scunthorpe is being used to create electricity at a plant capable of powering 160,000 homes.

Recycling and waste management firm Ellgia, which has a depot on Winterton Road, has secured a new contract to supply refuse-derived fuel to the Ferrybridge Multi-fuel Energy Ltd plant, known as FM1, in West Yorkshire.

Managing director Steve Crook, pictured, said: "Ellgia is delighted to have secured the contract for the delivery of refuse-derived fuel to FM1.

"RDF material is pre-processed at the Ellgia Scunthorpe depot and will be used by FM1 to generate electricity. This provides a local outlet for RDF which supports Ellgia’s cradle-to-grave philosophy for managing waste.

"Ellgia has made significant investment into the Scunthorpe site, acting as its main processing hub for the Ellgia Group, providing waste processes which extract valuable recycling commodities.

"This is achieved through numerous mechanical treatment processes that eventually turn the remaining residual waste into usable waste derived fuel.

"This off-take partnership allows Ellgia to further enhance its zero waste to landfill credentials from its major waste hub in Scunthorpe, demonstrating the commitment to moving waste up the hierarchy.

"This partnership is part of Ellgia’s strategy in response to ever growing pressures on the waste and recycling industry, to provide long term environmental and sustainable waste destinations."

Ellgia, founded in Cambridge in 2011, has grown across the east of England. It bought the assets of Thompson Waste Management in 2014, along with the town's Bell Waste Control.

Ferrybridge Multi-fuel Energy Ltd operates a £300 million multi-fuel power station which produces low-carbon electricity by burning waste-derived fuel.

The fuel comes from various sources of processed municipal solid waste, as well as commercial and industrial waste.

The plant has an electrical export capacity of 68MW.

Securing the contract has proved to be part of a double celebration for Ellgia, which has also been shortlisted in the Independent Operator of the Year category at this year's National Recycling Awards.

Mr Crook said: "We are proud to be recognised for the category Independent Operator of the Year.

"The key to success for Ellgia is a commitment to innovation at every level of the business. We are constantly looking at ways to improve and evolve with the competitive industry."

The award winners will be revealed in a ceremony in London on June 28.

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