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New ash-recycling plant opens on Teesside

SOME 65,000 tonnes of ash from Teesside's energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Billingham are to be processed every year at a new recycling facility.

Located adjacent to the EfW site, the new facility will recover nearly 60,000 tonnes of assorted grades of aggregate and 5,000 tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling.

The plant will be operated by four employees of waste-management company SITA under the guidance of incinerator bottom ash specialists Ballast Phoenix, who will oversee operations and provide marketing and sales support.

Ballast Phoenix have successfully designed and operated similar facilities throughout Europe over the past decade, including SITA's Edmonton EfW plant in north London.

Specific benefits of the new facility are said to include: a significant increase in local recycling performance; a diversion from landfill disposal; and a re-duction in the demand for virgin aggregate materials. Commenting on the new facility, Jeff Higgins, laboratory manager at Middlesbrough Borough Council, said: 'This will benefit the region by improving recycling performance and hopefully put Teesside on the map as one of the first regions to make the use of secondary aggregates a commonplace occurrence.'

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