Cheshire East Council
In Autumn 2016, Cheshire East Council approached the market for a long-term organic waste treatment solution. Their intention, following a robust technical and fiscal review, was to realise significant cost savings by combining circa 45,000tpa of household food and garden waste as well as establishing a local facility for receiving and treating the waste.
The solution proposed by Wastewise was the Design, Build, Finance and Operation of a state of the art GICOM In-Vessel Composting (IVC) and Aerated Static Pile (ASP) facility near Crewe. The GICOM system is proven globally for converting organic waste into quality BSI PAS 100 certified compost products for the horticultural, agricultural and landscaping markets. Wastewise was awarded the Contract in late 2017, we achieved planning consent in late 2018 and the facility was completed and commissioned by February 2020, on time and to budget.
The facility is now fully operational and has enabled the Council to achieve the targeted cost savings whilst also helping to improve its recycling performance. In addition, Wastewise has attracted an additional 25,000 tonnes of organic waste into the facility from other local authorities. This is generating additional gate fees and compost revenues which further benefits the Council via a profit share arrangement.
“We are delighted that Wastewise has delivered an efficient, sustainable and low-cost solution to recycle organic waste whilst further improving the Council’s recycling rates.”