Kirklees Metropolitan Council is situated in West Yorkshire with the principal towns of Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury. With a population of 390,000 people, it is one of the largest unitary authorities in the UK.
SITA UK has a 25-year contract with the council, which began in 1998, working to achieve a minimum 60 per cent diversion from landfill.
As part of the contract, SITA UK took over five household waste recycling centres, the old incinerator and transfer station at Vine Street near the centre of Huddersfield and the old transfer station at Lower Spen Valley, which was replaced in 2001 by the Thornhill transfer station in Dewsbury. Our offices in Huddersfield now house a new visitor centre for schools and community groups.
The Vine Street incinerator was transformed into the energy-from-waste facility, which opened in 2000 with an attached materials recycling facility. The facility processes 136,000 tonnes of waste each year and generates approximately 10 MW of electricity, enough to supply the annual electricity needs of around 15,000 homes.
The materials recycling facility is capable of handling up to 25,000 tonnes of separated and commingled recyclable material collected each year from the kerbside and from the household waste recycling centres.
For more information, take a look at 10 years in Huddersfield : Working with Kirklees Council.