Our Tees Valley site consists of a three stream energy-from-waste facility, a community recycling centre and an ash processing facility.
The energy-from-waste facility
The energy-from-waste facility was extended from the original two line plant to a three stream plant in 2009 and now has a combined processing capacity of 390,000 tonnes of municipal waste per year.
The original facility is a joint venture between SITA UK and the four Teesside local authorities of Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Hartlepool. Operational since May 1998, the plant processes municipal, industrial, commercial and confidential waste.
Line three was built under a private finance initiative contract with Northumberland County Council and has been operational since May 2009.
Two additional lines are in development to treat 190,000 tonnes of non-recycled waste each year on behalf of the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership which comprises Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City councils. Construction of the 256,000-tonne per annum capacity facility is complete with commissioning due to finish in early 2014.
Community recycling centre
Situated next to the energy-from-waste facility is SITA UK's community recycling centre for residents from Middlesborough and Stockton.
The centre handles in the region of 20,000 tonnes of household materials per annum. The site is able to recycle the following materials:
- Metal (aluminium, copper, brass, tyre rims and general scrap metal)
- Car batteries
- Nicad batteries
- Gas bottles
- Glass bottles
- Plastic bottles
- Flat glass
- Small electrical (WEEE)
- Florescent tubes
- UPVC plastic frames
- LDA's (large domestic appliances)
- Steel / Aluminium cans
- Timber / Wood
- Waste oil
- Fridges / Freezers
Ash recycling facility
Adjacent to the energy-from-waste facility is SITA UK's ash recycling facility. This processes incinerator bottom ash from the energy-from-waste process, screening it to recover for recycling ferrous and non ferrous metals. The remaining material is also recovered for use as aggregates.
The facility also has a designated visitor plan, which takes members of the public and schoolchildren through the process of energy-from-waste and brings the complex issues surrounding waste management to life.