Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Opens Pounds 70m Extension to Innovative Waste Facility

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Opens Pounds 70m Extension to Innovative Waste Facility

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LEADING recycling and resource management company SITA UK has officially opened its new multi-million pound extension at the Tees Valley energy-from-waste (EfW) site at Haverton Hill.

The official opening was performed by North West Durham MP Hilary Armstrong, who is also chairwoman of SITA UK''s advisory board, along with SITA UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones and leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Jeff Reid.

The pounds 70m extension, which can deal with 136,000 tonnes of waste a year, was completed on time and within budget, using a number of locally sourced materials, including aggregates for construction, steel, electrical supplies, fixings and paint - giving a welcome boost to the North East economy.

During construction, between 60 and 100 jobs were created when building was at its peak, and SITA UK has employed an additional 20 people to operate it on a day-to-day basis.

John Grainger, SITA UK North East regional manager, said: The extension has firmly placed the Tees Valley on the map as a national centre for green energy.

"It was designed to the very highest environmentally friendly standards - far higher than the toughest European requirements - and is an efficient and green way of dealing with waste that simply cannot be re-used or recycled. I am very pleased that this new equipment was delivered within the timescale and budget agreed, and that it has so far surpassed all of our expectations.

"SITA UK is working towards the vision of living in a society where there is no more waste, and we believe the extended Tees Valley facility, along with the use of new technologies and increased recycling, can play an important role in that.

The extension to the Tees Valley energy-from-waste facility was built by SITA UK on behalf of Northumberland County Council as part of its 28-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract signed with the authority. …

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