Frequently asked questions

 

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is a facility which treats your black sack waste. We hope to answer your questions here but – if you cannot find what you need – drop us a link at mkenquiries@amey.co.uk

What is Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park?

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is a state-of-the-art facility which deals with local waste left over by households - as well as businesses, shops and restaurants - after they have done their recycling. Previously this “black sack” waste went to landfill.

The facility brings together three separate waste treatment technologies, to ensure Milton Keynes Council is able to make the most of local rubbish.

You can read more about the different technologies and how they deal with black sack waste on our Technology Overview page.

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park also includes a visitor centre for use by local schools and community groups.

The facility has been designed, built and is operated by Amey on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.

Why do we need it?

By 2040, 80,000 tonnes of black sack waste is expected to be produced by households in Milton Keynes each year.

This volume of residual waste equates to filling Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk 10 times per year.

On top of this, around the same volume of waste is produced by businesses, shops and restaurants in the Milton Keynes area each year.

Instead of landfilling this waste, we can do more to extract recyclable materials still left in the black sacks and create energy from the waste. This helps deliver financial and environmental benefits to the local area.

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will cut Milton Keynes Council’s waste management bills, as well as reduce landfill to around 3%.

Why can’t we continue landfilling?

Landfill is becoming expensive and the EU and UK government have set targets to reduce landfill, with financial penalties for local authorities failing to meet landfill diversion and recycling targets.

In addition, the EU 2020 Energy Directive has set targets for the UK for energy coming from renewable sources – this must increase from 1.5% in 2006 to 15% by 2020.

Milton Keynes Council expects to prevent more than £50million of additional cost over the design life of the facility.

From an environmental perspective, landfill is also not a sustainable option for the disposal of waste. Landfill generates methane - one of the most potent greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Methane is more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide, with landfill generating up to 40% of the UK’s methane emissions.

By diverting waste from landfill, we will prevent around 27.6 million cubic metres of landfill gas being emitted each year.

Landfill space across the UK is running out and therefore it is not a long-term solution for waste treatment.

Why is it important to reduce, reuse and recycle?

Across the country people are being encouraged to cut the amount of rubbish they generate – by reducing, reusing and recycling. For example, you can reduce the amount of food waste by using leftovers to create new meals or you can reuse your carrier bags. You can also recycle lots of everyday products.

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park can recycle even more products from everyday household waste, as well as putting what’s left over to good use. In addition, local residents will be able to find out more about how they can cut their waste at a visitor centre on the site.

Where does the waste come from?

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park handles “untreated” waste from households and businesses, shops and restaurants. This is the type of rubbish still left over after residents have done their recycling – it’s the rubbish you put in your black sacks.

How much waste will Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park process and how much energy will it create?

The site has been designed based on current and projected waste volumes in Milton Keynes from households, businesses, shops and restaurants. We have also taken into account the projected growth of the city over the coming years.

The mechanical treatment technology is able to handle between 120,000 and 132,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The anaerobic digestion technology has a capacity of 32,000 tonnes per year, while the advanced thermal treatment capacity is 93,600 tonnes per year.

The facility is able to generate around 55,000 MWh per year, which is enough energy to power the equivalent of around 11,000 homes - similar to the number of households in Wolverton and Newport Pagnell combined.

Where is Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park?

The facility is on Dickens Road, Old Wolverton. It is within an existing industrial area, which includes other waste facilities, and the site was previously used as a distribution centre.

It is also close to Milton Keynes’ Materials Recycling Facility, which treats the recyclable items collected from homes and is based on Colts Holm Road, and near to a vehicle storage depot for refuse collection vehicles. This means Milton Keynes Council can make cost and carbon footprint savings from vehicle mileage.

Can I visit?

We have an education officer and an onsite visitor centre - check out more information here.

Will this impact collections or kerbside recycling?

No. Weekly collections of general waste and recycling – the items you put in your pink sacks, green bins and blue boxes - continue as normal.

Items from your pink sacks will continue to be sorted at the existing Materials Recycling Facility in Old Wolverton, operated by Viridor on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.

Black sack household waste, along with some business waste, is treated at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park instead of going to landfill.

What if I have a question?

If you have any questions, please contact us – we’d be pleased to hear from you. You can:

Email us at mkenquiries@amey.co.uk
Call us on 0845 365 6452
Write to us at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, 9 Dickens Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5QF.

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