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Manchester's 42 new waste facilities near completion

Contractor Costain’s £397M project to design and construct a network of state-of-the-art recycling and waste management facilities across Greater Manchester is nearing completion this week with 37 of the 42 facilities completed.

In a three year contract signed in April 2009, Costain is constructing a combination of waste treatment sites as part of a 25 year private finance scheme worth £3.8bn. Contractor Viridor Laing won the contract which provides 5,000 new jobs and the opportunity to take more than 75% of Greater Manchester’s waste away from landfill.

Costain is constructing 42 facilities across Manchester including the country’s first Mechanical Biological Treatment – Anaerobic Digestion plant (MBT) to treat waste and produce green energy. Costain is also constructing In-Vessel Composting (IVC) plants, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), as part of the scheme to drastically cut the city’s waste going to landfill sites.

The contract covers the design and build of 42 facilities spread across 27 sites. These include 24 HWRCs, five MBTs, four IVCs, one MRF, seven Transfer Loading Stations and two Green Waste facilities. The programme is due for completion next year.

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