A waste treatment facility has won a prestigious award for the eco-friendly way in which it processes thousands of tonnes of household rubbish.
The BDR and 3SE partnership won the Best Energy from Waste Initiative category at the Materials Recycling World National Recycling Awards in London in the same week it celebrated one year in business in July.
The partnership scooped the award in recognition of the Manvers-based waste treatment facility, which processes around 250,000 tonnes of waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.
Since opening, more than 96 per cent of waste has been successfully diverted from landfill and the facility has created more than 40 jobs.
Councillor Roy Miller, chair of the BDR joint waste board, said: “This award is a fantastic achievement and proves that the BDR Waste Partnership really is working hard to improve the quality of our environment by helping to divert over 96 per cent of waste generated by residents in the three boroughs from going to landfill.”
The facility is the result of a partnership between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils and 3SE - a consortium of Shanks, an international waste-to-product business and energy company Scottish and Southern Energy. Pioneering machinery extracts recyclable materials from waste and the rest is turned into a fuel which is used at a power station in Ferrybridge.