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Removal works mark significant milestone in new era for waste in Essex

Works have been underway since last summer to dismantle the Tovi Eco Park Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility in Basildon, as plans for the future of household waste management in Essex progress.

Following the removal of equipment and machinery from the facility, the owner/operator of the facility, UBB Waste (Essex) Limited, has been preparing the site for the removal of the ventilation stack in the next month.

Parts of the site will be broken down and levelled, and the steel structure of the facility will be removed, section by section, and transported away for repurposing and recycling. 

The majority of the works are being carried out during the day to minimise disruption to local residents. The works are scheduled to be completed in spring 2024.

In the meantime, the Council is continuing to develop a longer-term solution for the management of household waste in the Essex.

Cllr Malcolm Buckley, Cabinet Member for Waste Reduction and Recycling said: “The waste treatment facility has been a well-known landmark along the A127 and we are pleased to see the removal works are underway. 

“With the county’s population continuing to grow, we must encourage more residents to think differently about how much waste they produce and how they could reduce the amount, reuse more items and continue to recycle as much as possible.

“As we continue to explore innovative ways to manage our waste in the future, we must ensure the final solution is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable one available.

“We understand people want a new solution as quickly as possible and steps are being taken to move things along, however we must also follow the correct processes and ensure we achieve the right solution for Essex.”

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