A new waste facility costing £750 million opened its doors on Monday after two-and-a-half years in the planning.
The new plant in Manvers, will treat thousands of tonnes of leftover waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham and turn it into a valuable resource instead of sending it to landfill.
The Bolton Road site, which has created 40 new jobs, will process 1,000 tonnes of waste a day once fully operational. Over the next 25 years it will churn 250,000 tonnes of waste per year, from 340,000 South Yorkshire households.
Facility manager Beth Clarke said: “This facility will increase recycling, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, make energy from waste and create new jobs.”
The rubbish will be treated in a ‘mechanical biological treatment’ facility. The facility will maximise recycling by extracting any overlooked plastic, steel, aluminium and glass.
The remaining material will either be sent to power firm Scottish and Southern Energy’s Ferrybridge Power Station for energy production, or used on site in the anaerobic digestion facility to produce electricity and form compost.
It means the site will help cut carbon dioxide by 114,000 tonnes a year.
The BDR Waste Partnership, which manages waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, will operate the site. BDRWP was awarded £77.4m of government grant funding towards the new facility.
It will also treat a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils in the area as well as household rubbish.
The site is expected to be fully operational by July.