Wastewise has secured an initial three-year contract, to handle the mixed garden and food waste for the Derby city area, which is home to over 257,000* residents. The deal, worth around £2.5m, provides an efficient solution for the combined collection of approximately18k tonnes per annum of kerbside collected garden and food waste, which will be handled at the Wastewise In-Vessel Composting facility in Crewe.
“We are very pleased to confirm this new contract with Wastewise which will allow us to continue to drive forward our waste and recycling agenda and help residents of Derby dispose of their waste in a sustainable way,” comments Councillor Jerry Pearce, Cabinet Member for Streetpride. “We were impressed with the level of technology deployed to achieve the high standard of composting on site. This cost-effective service will help us to increase recycling rates, including food waste, across the city.”
Wastewise operates three composting facilities across the North of England processing over 200,000 tonnes per annum of organic waste, including food and garden waste. The 18k tonnes of waste from the Derby City area will further optimise capacity at its Crewe plant.
“At Wastewise we promote the use of sustainable waste treatment methods to help achieve zero waste to landfill. We are delighted to support Derby City Council via this new contract which will further add to our output of peat-free compost. An environmentally responsible and cost-effective method, composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste,” comments Bob Wilkes, Operations & Development Director.
Co-mingling of organic waste materials is a simple and effective solution for councils across the country to maximise the collection of food and garden waste. Whilst composting does not enable the recovery of renewable energy or gas per se, it does provide important greenhouse gas benefits, both directly through use of a single collection vehicle, by preventing the release of methane from landfill and indirectly through improved soil health.
Following a very successful 18 months of growth, Hull-based Wastewise continues to work on broadening its waste-processing infrastructure, which includes materials recycling, biomass and alternative fuel production facilities.
Biowise Limited (T/A Wastewise) last month supported a team of over 50 staff and volunteers from St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds with their 2021 Christmas Tree collection initiative.
More than 2,150 trees were collected from nine postcodes across the Leeds district, over half of which were deposited at the Biowise green waste composting site in Esholt. Biowise, who last year won a contract with Leeds City Council to manage 15,000 tonnes of green waste, operates the seven-acre site on the Yorkshire Water Treatment facility in accordance with BSI PAS 100 and Compost Quality Protocol standards.
“We were delighted to assist St Gemma’s with their fund-raising scheme, a great way to ensure the Christmas trees can be sustainably recycled whilst raising substantial funds for an amazing cause at the same time,” comments Bob Wilkes, Operations & Development Manager at Biowise.
The site at Esholt has a capacity to process 75kpta of garden waste which is converted into quality compost for use in horticulture, agriculture and landscaping.
“A huge thank you to everyone involved in the 2021 Christmas tree collection for coming together to raise such a fantastic amount, supporting patients and their families across Leeds. It really was a community effort and carried out under difficult circumstances,” Emma Heslington, St Gemma’s Hospice.
Biowise operates three composting facilities across the North of England processing over 200,000 tonnes per annum of organic waste, including food and garden waste, promoting
the use of sustainable waste treatment methods to help achieve zero waste to landfill.
Following a very successful year of growth, the firm continues to seek opportunities to broaden its waste-processing infrastructure, which includes materials recycling, biomass and alternative fuel production facilities.