New Earth Solutions wins six-year Dorset waste contract

Dorset Council’s residual waste will be treated and disposed of by waste management company New Earth Solutions in a new six-year contract, starting in 2021.

The deal between Dorset Council and New Earth Solutions, which was announced yesterday (6 July), ensures that Dorset’s residual waste – in other words, waste that cannot be recycled or is not collected by council recycling schemes – is diverted away from landfill.

The new contract includes an option to extend for three years.

RDF production at New Earth Solutions' Avonmouth MBT Facility
Dorset’s residual waste will be treated at New Earth Solutions’ 125,000-tonne per annum mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant. Here, residual waste will be turned into refuse-derived fuel (RDF), while the site will also produce a useful compost-like land remediation product from the organic fraction of the waste received.

The six-year contract will start in 2021 and includes an option to extend by three years. It supersedes previous arrangements between New Earth Solutions and Dorset Council going back to 2007.

RDF prepared at New Earth Solutions’s Canford site will be sent to Bridgwater Resource Recovery Facility upon its completion in 2021, after which it is expected to generate 7.7 megawatts of energy for the grid.

The contract will ensure that 96 per cent of Dorset’s waste avoids going to landfill, as well as improved vehicle turnaround times and increased recycling recovery by a further 7.5 per cent over the term. Furthermore, owing to the location of the treatment site in Canford, the council’s waste will remain within the Dorset boundary.

New Earth Solutions provides sustainable waste treatment services to local authority and commercial customers across the UK. The waste management company previously went into administration and was bought by the Beauparc Group in 2016.

Tim Shapcott, Commercial Director of Beauparc UK, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract with Dorset. The tender was underpinned by a solution to receive the residual waste from over 180,000 kerbside collections before processing at the Mechanical Biological Treatment facility in Canford.”

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, added: “We are pleased to award this contract to New Earth Solutions (Canford). This means that Dorset Council waste services can continue to ensure that household waste collected from our residents is managed in an effective way.”