The waste-to-fuel deal will see thousands of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) bales produced at the high-tech Avondale plant in Scotland – where there is currently a ‘zero-waste’ policy, requiring waste producers to sort, reduce, recycle and process waste as Scotland moves away from Landfill. It will then be exported by PROBIO Energy to Scandinavia where it will be used for energy production and heating homes.
The Avondale waste management plant has undergone a £3m facelift in preparation for the contract start, which saw the first shipment of RDF transported to Scandinavia last week.
Kris Baker-Rain, general manager of PROBIO Energy, said: “We are delighted to have signed this contract and to be working with Newport Paper to export waste from the UK to Scandinavia where it will be used as fuel.
“The deal has not only created 21 jobs, with the capacity to increase production at the site, but is also ensuring that, subject to successful trials, more than 100,000 tonnes of waste is diverted from landfill.”
Michael Yannakoyorgos, strategic development director for Newport Paper, added: "This is an exciting new long term contract for diverting waste from landfill which will ensure our own and our client’s commitment to improving the economic and environmental wellbeing of our community."