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UK organics recycling and renewable energy firm wins £14m contract

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UK-based organics recycling and renewable energy company Eco Sustainable Solutions has been awarded a £14 million (€16.1 million) contract with Dorset Council.

Eco Sustainable Solutions, based in Dorset, is the owner and operator of one of the UK’s leading purpose-built sites for organics recycling and renewable energy generation. It will now continue composting and treating the region’s 15,000 tonnes of food waste, 35,000 tonnes of green waste, 8,000 tonnes of wood waste and 3,500 tonnes of street sweepings on behalf of the council.

Food waste from Dorset is taken to Eco Sustainable Solutions’ anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Piddlehinton where it is processed to produce biogas, which feeds into the national grid, and a nitrogen-rich agricultural fertiliser (digestate). The green waste, wood waste and street sweepings will be treated at Eco’s site in Parley to produce renewable energy and sustainable landscaping products.

“Our Recycle for Dorset service has seen kerbside recycling increase dramatically from 29% in 2011 to just shy of 60% in 2018/19,” said Tony Alford, councillor and portfolio holder for customers, community and regulatory services for Dorset Council.

“The recycling of organic materials – food, green and wood waste – is key to this success and Eco Sustainable Solutions will continue to be an important partner in helping Dorset Council to deliver its waste strategy in this new decade.”

Eco Sustainable Solutions’ director Peter Hardy added: “It makes commercial and environmental sense for local authorities to recycle their citizens’ waste as close to home as possible. We are proud to be able to offer Dorset Council the full range of recycling facilities, creating energy from waste and a range of quality, sustainable products for the landscaping and construction sectors.”