Residual Waste Treatment Facility begins commissioning of plant

February 5, 2015

Construction of the building and waste processing equipment at the new MBT facility for Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council is now complete.  The first residual waste arrived at the Tovi Eco Park Facility on 26th November 2014, marking the start of a period of commissioning which will be conducted throughout 2015.  A number of trials will be completed in order to ensure that the treatment process operates at the required standard.  The volume of waste being processed at the facility will steadily increase in order to fine tune the equipment and processes on site.

Once fully operational, the facility will provide around 85 permanent jobs including roles for unskilled and semi-skilled workers as well as professionals.  UBB currently employs two electrical apprentices via a scheme at Prospects College, Basildon.

John Robinson, UBB (Essex) Construction JV General Manager said: “The construction of the MBT facility has gone smoothly and the new commissioning phase is an important step towards project completion. We anticipate that this state of the art facility will be formally launched and will deliver the required level of service to the residents of Essex and Southend by the end of 2015.”

Deputy Leader, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for Waste and Recycling, said, “The plant is in the early stages of its testing and commissioning phase.  It currently receives about 450 tonnes of waste per day, which is just under a third of the ultimate target daily input and equates to approximately 12,000 tonnes to date in total.  The first outputs, following the treatment process, are due in the last week of January 2015.  We are pleased to see this facility play a critical role in how we manage our waste refuse across the county.”

A Visitor Centre has been constructed at the site and will be ready to accept visitors from the official opening date later in 2015.  The Visitor Centre will offer something for everybody, including an information centre, community meeting room, research laboratory, classrooms and an exhibition space with viewing galleries for people to see the process in operation. The Visitor Centre will accept visits from local schools and will help to teach children about the importance of moving waste up the waste hierarchy whilst promoting Essex County Council’s practices to achieve their targets.  Visit the Essex County Council website for more information by clicking here.

Updates are available both on the website www.ubbessex.co.uk and through UBB’s series of local newsletters which are also available to download from the website.  Anyone wishing to receive the newsletter in the post can register their details via the website or by calling the free phone hotline 0800 072 56 34.

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Residual Waste Treatment Facility begins commissioning of plant

Construction of the building and waste processing equipment at the new MBT facility for Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council is now complete.  The first residual waste arrived at the Tovi Eco Park Facility on 26th November 2014, marking the start of a period of commissioning which will be conducted throughout 2015.  A number… Read More