The Importance of Managing Our Waste; in Association with Sponsored by Environment Agency A Commercial Feature in Association with SITA UK

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SITA UK plays major part in protecting the region's environment. Graham Ingleson, general manager at SITA UK's energy from waste facility in the Tees Valley, reviews the importance of managing waste resources in the Tees Valley and wider region.

SITA UK is one of the country's top four recycling and waste management companies, with significant interests in the north east, particularly in Northumberland, Tyneside and the Tees Valley.

The company's core proposition is to generate environmental, social and economic value from the nation's waste by treating it as a resource.

It delivers environmentally responsible and increasingly innovative solutions for the public, local government, industry and commerce...all aimed at reducing the impact on the environment.

SITA UK, which has been in the UK since 1988, has grown to employ over 5,500 people nationally, generating a turnover of some pounds 700m in 2007. Here in the North-east there are more than 350 employees and the turnover is around pounds 150m.

Each year SITA UK handles around 10 million tonnes of waste and recycled materials nationally, of which two million tonnes is generated in the North-east. The company is investing heavily in new ways of dealing with waste as an alternative to disposing of rubbish in landfill sites. The company is at the forefront of recycling technology and ensures that all of the materials the public recycle are supplied for re-use in appropriate industries.

Nationally, over 12 million UK residents and more than 40,000 businesses benefit from the company's knowledge and experience. With experts and specialists in subjects ranging from power generation to composting and from landfill to hazardous waste, SITA UK is well equipped to assist and advise its customers in all aspects of recycling and waste management.

We have a strong presence and history here in the North-east region. Alongside a number of key local authority collection and disposal contracts, we operate a successful service for businesses of all shapes and sizes across the region.

To support this we operate more than 40 disposal and treatment facilities, including three operational landfill sites, eight transfer stations, over 30 household waste recovery centres, two sub-regional depots and, of course, the energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at Haverton Hill, near Billingham.

It's possible that most people living in and driving around the Tees Valley will be hardly aware of the existence of this interestingly designed plant close to the former ICI Billingham site.

The facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, processing 250,000 tonnes of the Tees Valley's municipal waste each year. In the ten years since it opened, it has handled nearly 2.3 million tonnes of waste, resulting in the generation of over 1,275,000 megawatt hours of electricity. …