Updates from our site

 

On this page you can find out more about what's happening at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park:

July 2017

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is proud to be participating in the Heritage Open Day scheme. The scheme offers an opportunity to visit unusual and interesting places and here at MKWRP we are looking forward to opening our doors to give people a behind-the-scenes insight into what happens to their rubbish. MKWRP will be open for pre-booked guided tours on Thursday 7th September (6pm - 8pm), Friday 8th September (10am - 12noon) and Saturday 9th September (4pm - 6pm). Visitors will be able to see the technology in action, as well as have a presentation about the site. Places are limited and booking is essential either via MK.education@Amey.co.uk or via the online booking form and for more events around Milton Keynes as part of the Heritage Open Days please visit the official website.

July 2017

The MKWRP team was excited to be part of MySayMK, an information fair which brought together over 60 young people from across Milton Keynes.  The event involved workshops and discussions on topics such as cultural education and Milton Keynes’ Transport and Mobility Strategy.  The MKWRP team was on hand to talk to young people and teachers about our facility and the visits available for schools and community groups.  To book a visit to our education and visitor centre please email MK.education@amey.co.uk or check our availability and book a date using our online diary.

 

June 2017

Our Community Liaison Group for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park met recently to get an update on the project from Amey and Milton Keynes Council representatives. You can view notes from the meeting here.

June 2017

Waste from across Milton Keynes is now coming to MKWRP as we go through the final stages of commissioning our advanced thermal treatment technology. If you're interested in finding out what happens to your black bags when they arrive at MKWRP, check out our handy process map which shows the various technologies your waste will go through here on site.

June 2017

Amey is committed to supporting graduate and apprentice opportunities – but don’t take our word for it! Here’s commercial management graduate Seki Kolawole talking about her experiences. Seki – who has an MEng in Chemical Engineering - is currently on a placement at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park as part of Amey’s Graduate Development Programme.

June 2017

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days event. We’ll be throwing open our doors so people can see what happens to their black bag waste. The open days will be held in September – watch this space for more details on how to book your free place.

May 2017

We’ve been helping Walton High School’s Young Enterprise Group to create interactive classroom resources to help promote recycling and waste reduction to a teenage audience. Milton Keynes Council’s Waste Education officer, Sarah Spicer, and Amey’s Education Centre Manager, Louise Ousley, worked with the Year 11 and Year 12 pupils to help them come up with ideas and understand the importance of recycling and waste education. You can read more here.

May 2017

The 1st Great Holm Brownie pack have been learning all about the importance of the 4 Rs and what happens to their black bin bags. The session was run by Amey’s Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park education team and the Brownies learnt all about now to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste, including hearing more about the new facility. The workshop also enabled the Brownies to complete some of their Environment badge. If you would like the education to run a session for your youth group or adult community group then please contact MK.education@amey.co.uk or visit the online booking diary.

April 2017

See how the site and the technology are progressing in the latest Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park newsletter.  It is now available to read here.

April 2017

This month, as we commence commissioning of the advanced thermal treatment technology, we may create some noise which our neighbours can hear. Between April 21 and May 5 we will be testing the steam emissions and this could have the potential to make a loud noise. We would like to assure our neighbours that this noise is not part of the normal day-to-day running of the facility and will be only be occurring during these dates as we prepare the technology prior to its use. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience  and, if you have any questions about the noise, please contact mkenquiries@amey.co.uk

April 2017

Our MKWRP Community Liaison Group met recently. You can view the notes from the meeting here.

March 2017

The latest items to be installed in our advanced thermal treatment (ATT) facility are these yellow grabs. These grabs will be working 24 hours a day, automatically mixing the waste in the bunker below and then moving it through to the ATT. The waste in this bunker is called RDF, which means it is the fuel for the gasifier. The RDF is the remaining black bag waste after any recycling and organic material has been removed.

March 2017

The anaerobic digester (AD) is now fully commissioned and successfully producing energy. Since the start of the year, the AD has produced 1.3GWh of electricity. The majority of this is used to power our site and remainder goes to the National Grid. The AD also produced a compost-like material, which is used for the reclamation and covering of brownfield sites. You can see this in the photo below. Since the beginning of January the AD has produced 700 tonnes of this material.

March 2017

We’ve been busy spreading the message about waste and recycling in Milton Keynes! Over the past few weeks our Education Officer Louise Ousley has been working with local groups – ranging from Brownies to Rotary Clubs – to explain how rubbish should be separated and what will happen when it comes to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. If you would book a visit from Louise please email MK.education@amey.co.uk or view our online booking form here.

February 2017

Since January we’ve received 6,955 tonnes of black bag waste from Milton Keynes households. Here’s the latest load being delivered by one of the council’s refuse teams. Of those 6,955 tonnes, MKWRP has extracted 180 tonnes of plastic and 261 tonnes of metals - which have been sent for processing into new products.

 

February 2017

Here’s our Education Officer Louise Ousley helping a local Beaver group to learn about waste and recycling. Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park now has a dedicated education and community outreach programme. We are available to visit secondary schools, colleges, adult groups and youth groups. You can book a visit here or email MK.education@amey.co.uk for more information.

January 2017

Is your community group, school or college interested in finding out more about what happens to Milton Keynes' waste? Our MKWRP education officer Louise Ousley could visit you to run a free session - which could incorporate practical activities, workshops and talks. You can even check out availability for when she could visit you via our online diary. We hope to hear from you soon!

January 2017

If you're interested in finding out more about the latest developments at MKWRP, then check out our quarterly newsletter. You can view the January 2017 edition here.

January 2017

Did you know we now offer waste and recycling themed visits to schools, colleges and community groups? These visits are free, can be tailored to curriculum/community needs and are led by our dedicated education officer Louise Ousley. Find out more here.

January 2017

Minutes from our latest meeting of MKWRP's Community Liaison Group are now available here. Our next meeting will be in March and, if you'd like to come along and be involved, please get in touch.

January 2017

The anaerobic digestion part of MKWRP is now fully operational and processing the equivalent of 30,000 tonnes per year, as well as generating one megawatt of power through the collection of methane gas in the fermenters. The compost like material from the process is currently being used as covering for landfill and brownfield sites in the UK.

January 2017

Around the MKWRP facility we have a variety of amazing technology, some of which you can see in this photograph. On the left is the bag house filter, which is used to clean flue gas from the advanced thermal treatment process before it is transferred to the stack. On the right is the air pollution control residue silo. This is where the residues removed from flue gases are safely stored until they are removed from site.

December 2016

Happy Christmas from everyone at MKWRP – don’t forget to recycle over the festive period!

December 2016

The testing we are currently undertaking on our mechanical treatment technology is going well and is due to finish just prior to Christmas Day. The testing allows us to check that plastics and metals are being successfully extracted from black bag rubbish, ready for reuse into new products. The recyclable items are baled and sold back into the packaging chain. Within six weeks your bean tin could melted down, reformed, refilled and back on the supermarket shelf!

December 2016

We’ve finished the mechanical build of the advanced thermal treatment (ATT) part of MKWRP and are now moving on to the cold commissioning stages. This is where we test the technology. We’ve already chemically cleaned the boilers and heated one of them to 600C! Testing will now continue into 2017 and we expect we’ll begin taking waste into the ATT (as part of the testing stages) in March.

December 2016

Our next Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park Community Liaison Group meeting will be held on Tuesday December 13. If you're interested in coming along then please get in touch. You can also find out more about the group here.

December 2016

Thanks to the MK Citizen for their latest update about MKWRP. You can read the story here.

December 2016

We opened our doors to BBC Look East yesterday, giving them a sneak preview of the work going on at MKWRP. You can watch their news feature via this link (please note the link expires at 7pm on 1 December).

November 2016

We've been filming with the BBC at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park today (November 30). Watch out for an update about the work going on across the facility on BBC Look East and BBC 3 Counties Radio.

November 2016

If you're interested in reading more about our mechanical treatment technology, which has recently started taking in rubbish from across Milton Keynes as part of its testing phases, then take a look at our latest press release here.

November 2016

We think this photo of new equipment waiting to be installed looks quite arty! These "grabbers" will soon be put into place in their real home inside the facility, where they will lift waste from a bunker into the advanced thermal treatment technology.

November 2016

We’ve reached a new milestone – we’re now taking black bag waste from across Milton Keynes. All black bag rubbish from local homes is being brought to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, where it is sorted via clever separating machinery. This mechanical treatment machinery can pick out any recyclable items, such as plastic bottles and metal cans, which have accidentally been thrown away. We expect to extract at least 9% of black bag waste for recycling. The mechanical treatment technology also separates food and biodegradable items and transfers them to the on-site anaerobic digester. Any rubbish which cannot be recycled or used in the anaerobic digester is currently taken off site for disposal but – when MKWRP is fully up and running in spring 2017 – it will be used right here to create energy in our advanced thermal treatment facility. Below you can see waste travelling along the conveyor belts to be sorted and also the end result – a baled assortment of plastic items which will be sent for recycling into new products.

November 2016

Our Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park team hosted a visit by industry organisation WRAP. Peter Maddox, WRAP's Government Programmes Director (pictured centre), was shown around the new facility by Amey and Milton Keynes Council – getting an insight into the operations which are now taking place in the mechanical treatment and anaerobic digestion areas. He also got a sneak preview of the advanced thermal treatment part of the facility, which is currently undergoing final installations before testing commences.

November 2016

We've reached a new milestone - the hot commissioning of our new mechanical treatment technology at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. This means we're taking black bag waste in through the technology from Milton Keynes households for the first time so we can thoroughly test it. Waste is sorted via various technologies as it goes through 1,300 metres of conveyors, allowing us to extract recyclables and organic waste. Once commissioning is complete and MKWRP is fully operational next year, any non-recyclable waste will then be treated in the on-site advanced thermal treatment plant, which will create energy.

October 2016

As part of our continued links with the local community, we recently gave members of Haversham cum Little Linford Parish Council a behind-the-scenes look at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The group (pictured below) were taken around and shown the works which are taking place by Amey’s Principal Operations Manager Phil Jennings and Education Manager Louise Ousley. If your community group or school would like to find out more, Louise can visit you and talk about the waste project. Please contact mk.education@amey.co.uk.

October 2016

We’ve been talking about all things waste with students from Cranfield University this month. The students – from waste and resource management, environmental engineering and economics for natural resources management courses – took part in a workshop to look at how we manage waste and recycling in Milton Keynes. The session was run jointly by education managers from Amey and Milton Keynes Council and was held at the council’s Materials Recycling Facility, which is near to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park in Wolverton. If your school, college or university is interested in meeting with us, then get in touch!

October 2016

Our Community Liaison Group for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park met recently to get an update on the project from Amey and Milton Keynes Council representatives. You can view notes from the meeting here.

October 2016

We'll have a dedicated visitor and education centre on site when Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park becomes operational in spring 2017. We'll let you know more about the centre and how to book a visit closer to opening. However, if you have a query in the meantime, you can reach our Education Manager via mk.education@amey.co.uk 

October 2016

The teams at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park showed off their baking skills for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Teams from both Amey and Milton Keynes Council joined in, raising a fantastic £168 for the cancer support charity.

September 2016

Young artists from The Radcliffe School in Wolverton recently visited Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park to share their creative ideas. The students will be working with local community arts group Festive Road to help design a new recycled-themed sculpture for display at the facility. While visiting, the students were shown various parts of the on-site technology and took part in sketching sessions, which was followed by a visit to Festive Road's workshops.

September 2016

It’s a busy time at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The anaerobic digestion (AD) part of the facility has gone through a detailed commissioning programme and produced its first electricity. We’re now undergoing final tests to independently certify the AD facility before Amey takes over operations from our technology provider. Meanwhile, our mechanical treatment technology has gone through its cold commissioning stages (testing without waste) and we anticipate it will begin accepting Milton Keynes’ black bag waste towards the end of October. Finally, in our advanced thermal treatment (ATT) part of the facility we are finalising technology installation and testing. We expect the ATT to begin taking waste as part of commissioning in January 2017. You can read more about each of the three different technologies here.

September 2016

Our latest Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park newsletter is now available. You can read a copy here.

September 2016

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park has been featured in more waste industry magazines - with our mechanical treatment technology being the focus of features this month in both CIWM Journal and Materials Recycling World magazine. You can read some of our previous media coverage here.

September 2016

We'll be holding the next meeting of our Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park Community Liaison Group on Wednesday 21 September. You can find out more about the group and previous meetings here and - if you're interested in coming along - then please contact us.

August 2016

We're looking forward to working with Milton Keynes-based community arts group Festive Road this autumn. The group will be working with our team and local schoolchildren to create a recycling-themed sculpture, which will take pride of place at the entrance of MKWRP. We've submitted a planning application for the sculpture and Festive Road hopes to start work on the exciting creation soon. You can check out some of Festive Road's previous work for community projects, carnivals and local projects on their website. Recycling is at the heart of their work, with previous sculptures and giant moving characters made from recycled items including old bicycle frames, furniture, car parts and even washing machines!

August 2016

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park has been featured in Building Engineer - the journal of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers - this month. You can read the feature here.

July 2016

Our MKWRP team became front cover stars this month - when they featured in trade magazine Recycling and Waste World. The magazine recently visited site to talk to Amey and Milton Keynes Council about the project. You can read the full feature and get an inside look at MKWRP via their photographs in the July edition. Check out the front cover and pages 3, 18 and 19 here.

July 2016

Local MP Mark Lancaster recently visited MKWRP to see how work on the new facility is progressing. He is pictured on site with Amey’s Oriol Sabater (left) and Milton Keynes Council’s David Proctor (right). Mr Lancaster said: “Having this new facility here in Wolverton means that once again Milton Keynes is at the forefront of national initiatives. It was fascinating to see the new technology and the processes involved.  How encouraging that even more jobs are being created and to see first-hand the opportunities to save money for our local economy.”

July 2016

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is featured in the latest edition of trade magazine Organics Recycling, with an article focusing on our anaerobic digestion technology. You can read the article here - click through to page 32.

July 2016

Amey is committed to supporting emerging talent – that’s why we have dedicated apprentice and graduate schemes. One of those taking part in the schemes is Ashley Medhurst (pictured), who is currently spending time here at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park as part of his two year Amey graduate programme. Ashley will work across different areas of the site, getting hands-on experience whilst working alongside industry experts. If you’d like to find out more about Amey appenticeships or the graduate programme, you can go to www.amey.co.uk/careers

July 2016

We'll have a dedicated on-site education centre here at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park once the facility is operational. But - even before the education centre opens - we're already committed to working with local schools and the wider community. We're partnering with Festive Road, a Milton Keynes community arts organisation, and a local school in the autumn term to develop a recycling-themed sculpture. We'll let you know more about this exciting project as it develops.

June 2016

We've had a waste industry magazine here at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park today. They'll be featuring the project in an upcoming edition - we'll share this once it's issued. In the meantime, here's some of our team taking part in the photoshoot in the mechanical treatment hall.

June 2016

We recently held a meeting of our Community Liaison Group. You can view the notes from the meeting here.

June 2016

We’re on the lookout for local teachers who would be interested in taking part in a workshop to help shape the activities we’ll be delivering in our education centre at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The centre will offer visits for schools and community groups and will be run by a dedicated education officer. We’re now busy developing lesson plans and activities which will be delivered both in the centre and through outreach services, all of which will align to National Curriculum requirements. If any teachers are interested in joining the workshop, please contact allison.darling@amey.co.uk

May 2016

We’ve started testing of the anaerobic digestion (AD) part of Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The AD is fully enclosed and includes nine fermenters, which hold organic waste for 28 days. Seven of the fermenters have commenced the commissioning, with waste being put into them. The fermenter process converts the waste to biogas. We expect that, in June, we’ll be starting to use the biogas as a source of renewable energy. We’ve also completed cold commissioning on the mechanical treatment technology, which is where it is tested without waste. We expect it to be tested with waste later this summer, once installation work on the advanced thermal treatment technology is complete. You can see the fermenter doors to the left of the photo below.

May 2016

Our latest community newsletter is now available. You can view a copy here.

May 2016

The next meeting of our Community Liaison Group (CLG) will be held later this month (25 May). If you live near to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park or represent a community group in the local area, you are welcome to become part of the CLG. You can find out more about the group and see minutes of previous meetings here. If you are interested in joining the CLG, please contact us.

May 2016

When we open Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park we will be offering a waste education programme to local schools and community groups. We'll be letting you know more about this later in the year. In the meantime, did you know your school or group could book a visit to Milton Keynes' very own Recycling Factory, which is just behind us in Wolverton? The Recycling Factory deals with your pink sack recyclables, whereas Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will deal with black bag general waste. You can find out more about the Recycling Factory here.

April 2016

It may be spring but our teams have been working hard at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park in sunshine and snow this week!

April 2016

We're currently recruiting for senior electrical and mechanical technicians to work at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. As roles become available we advertise them on our careers pages. You can look for any vacancies via the job search, using South East in the region field and Milton Keynes in the location field.

April 2016

Did you know Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will include an on-site visitor centre, which can be used by local schools and community groups?  We'll be letting you know more about how to book the centre and the educational services we will offer via our education pages over the coming months. Watch this space!

April 2016

Later this month we're due to start the thorough testing of our mechanical treatment technology. You can find out more about our schedule in the run up to the site being operational in our newsletter.

March 2016

We're recruiting for an Education Manager to join our team at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The role will involve developing and delivering educational activities for local schools and community groups - both at our on-site visitor centre and as part of an outreach service. If you're interested in finding out more you can read about the role here.

March 2016

The notes from our recent Community Liaison Group meeting are now available. You can find these on our Community Liaison Group page.

March 2016

We've been "cold" commissioning our mechanical treatment technology over the past few weeks. This is where we test the various pieces of equipment are working as they should. At this cold commissioning stage we don't put waste through the equipment, that will come next month when we start "hot" commissioning. During hot commissioning the equipment is fully checked to ensure it is sorting waste correctly and extracting recyclables and organic waste. The photos below show a view out over some of the mechanical treatment technology, as well as the baler - this is a machine which can bale different types of recyclable materials ready for them to be sent off to be processed into new items.

March 2016

In this photo you can see the yellow conveyor belt system which will be taking organic waste from the mechanical treatment hall through into the anaerobic digestion facility.

March 2016

Did you know we run a Community Liaison Group - it's our way of making sure local residents, businesses and groups are kept up to date on what's happening at MKWRP. The group meets quarterly and provides an opportunity to chat through the latest activities on site, what's coming up next and ask questions. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

March 2016

This new sign says it all - our aim is to help Milton Keynes recycle as much as possible! The large recycling logo decorates the side of our weighbridge, which vehicles will pass over as they enter Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. Through our mechanical treatment technology we expect to extract around 9% of black bag waste for recycling, taking out things like plastic and metals which have been thrown away. We'll also extract any food and organic waste to use in the anaerobic digestion part of the facility. 

 

February 2016

We were pleased to welcome over 30 delegates from the annual Energy from Waste Conference to Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The conference brings together industry experts from across the world to discuss waste to energy topics and - as part of the 2016 event - a site tour of MKWRP was offered. Delegates got to see the technology being installed in the three areas of the new facility - mechanical treatment, anaerobic digestion and advanced thermal treatment. Milton Keynes Council's Andy Hudson and Amey's Peter Waller presented on the background to the partnership project, with Andy also taking part in a debate at the main conference.

February 2016

Our new signage has been installed - doesn't it look shiny against a sunny backdrop!

February 2016

If you are wondering what will happen to your black bag waste when it arrives at MKWRP from September, then take a look at our new helpful diagram. This gives an easy-to-follow guide to the technologies that will be used on site - all of which will help reduce the amount of household rubbish going to landfill to less than 5%. You can download the diagram in pdf form here.

February 2016

We've just issued the latest MKWRP newsletter. In this edition you can read about the timescales for testing and commissioning the new technologies which will be in use at the facility. You can take a look at the newsletter here.

February 2016

Here’s some more pictures from inside MKWRP’s mechanical treatment hall. We’ve been working with our partner Stadler, a UK-based supplier of sorting and treatment plants for the waste management industry. Stadler has designed and developed this area of MKWRP. The mechanical treatment technology will sort black bag waste, pulling out items which can be recycled (such as plastics and metals) and also extracting biodegradable waste, which will go into the site’s anaerobic digestion facility.

February 2016

Once we start operating Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, we will use any waste which cannot recyclable or compostable as a fuel in our advanced thermal treatment (ATT) plant. The gasification process used in the plant then creates renewable electricity. The two, yellow cranes (which you see in this photo) will lift waste from large bunkers underneath them and put it into the gasification process.

February 2016

You can see the final stages of construction in our latest aerial photo. To the front of the photo you can see the car park for the site being laid. You can also see the one-way route that vehicles will use once in the site. They will enter from Dickens Road, turn left and then follow the road around the edge of the buildings.

January 2016

Members of our Community Liaison Group have visited the site to take a look at how works are progressing. They were taken around by Project Manager Peter Waller and representatives from Milton Keynes Council's waste management team, with the visit providing an opportunity to go behind the schemes and see the technology which is being installed.

 

January 2016

We’re nearing the end of construction at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park.

Did you know a massive 780,000 man hours have been spent so far building this unique facility, which brings three different waste treatment technologies together on the same site for the first time in the UK.

The facility will treat black bag waste from across Milton Keynes once it becomes operational in the autumn. Before then we will go through a series of commissioning stages to test the technology.

Ahead of these next stages, we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of where things are at on site:

Mechanical treatment

When black bag waste arrives at Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park it will enter our mechanical treatment hall. It will first go through a machine to open the bags and then into a trommel (which you can see at the back of this image as a yellow cylinder, with blue squares). Three trommels separate the waste by size, after which it goes along a series of conveyor belts and through various separating machines to make sure we extract recyclable and organic waste, such as food.

 

Anaerobic digestion

The new facility includes fully enclosed, anaerobic digestion technology. This large door opens into one of nine fermenters, which will hold organic waste for 28 days. As the waste breaks down in the fermenters it produces a biogas, which is used as a source of renewable energy. Each fermenter can hold approximately 500 tonnes of waste.

Advanced thermal treatment

Any waste which is not recyclable or compostable will be used as a fuel in the advanced thermal treatment (ATT) plant. The ATT process produces a gas from the waste, which in turn is combusted to generate high temperature steam which creates renewable electricity in a turbine. The top picture shows the hall where waste arrives before going in to the gasifier, while the one below shows ongoing work in and around the gasification technology.

January 2016

Here’s our Project Manager Peter Waller (left) with Santiago Olivares, Chief Executive Officer of our parent company Ferrovial Services. Peter is pictured showing Santiago the area of the facility where waste will first arrive, before being taken by conveyor belts into the mechanical treatment hall.

January 2016

We got a bit of winter sun today, so here’s a few pictures showing how works have progressed on the outside of the buildings.

January 2016

Did you spot the latest article about Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park in the Milton Keynes Citizen? You can take a look here.

December 2015

It's the last day of the year and we're looking forward to 2016 - when Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will become operational! We'll go through testing and commissioning stages before the site becomes fully operational in September. In the meantime we're putting the finishing touches to the buildings which will house the new waste technology. As you can see below, the buildings are all clad and windows are fully installed.

December 2015

Only a few weeks ago this mechanical treatment equipment was stacked up and waiting to be installed - now it's all coming together! Our Project Manager Peter Waller is pictured below taking a look at the equipment, which will be used to separate household waste and pull out anything that can be recycled, including plastics, paper and food waste.

December 2015

It's nearly the end of the year and - in our latest aerial photo - you can really see how the construction of Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is nearing completion. We're looking forward to 2016, when we will begin commissioning of the facility before it becomes operational in September.

December 2015

Have you seen this article on letsrecycle.com - it showcases how work is progressing on site. http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/ameys-milton-keynes-waste-plant-continues-to-take-shape/

November 2015

Our latest newsletter, which summarises what's happening on site, has just been issued. You can view a copy here.

November 2015

We've been busy cladding the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park buildings, as you can see in this latest aerial photograph. Our team is hoping to move in to the office area, which is now almost complete and ready for furnishing, in the new year.

November 2015

We’re focusing on installing mechanical treatment technology – this is the technology that will sort your black bag waste. It’s state-of-the-art and over 1,300 metres of conveyor belts, along with an array of clever separating machinery, will sift through your rubbish to make sure we extract any recyclable material. The technology will also separate food and biodegradable items and transfer them to our onsite anaerobic digester. You can see some on the conveyors stacked and ready for installation below.

November 2015

We have recently submitted an application to Milton Keynes Council for non material amendments to our planning permission for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. These amendments relate to buildings, site layout, ancillary infrastructure and plant and you can view the documents here.

We have also submitted documents to Milton Keynes Council to discharge planning conditions relating to landscaping, hard, cycle parking and fencing. These documents can be viewed here.

November 2015

Here's our latest view of the site from the air. What you won't be able to see is all the hard work going on inside! This month we are continuing with installation of the mechanical treatment technology, as well as taking delivery of the gas engines for the anaerobic digester. The engines will be part of the process to produce heat and power. We'll use the heat on site, while power will be transported to the National Grid.

October 2015

Our Community Liaison Group met recently to talk about progress on site. You can read the meeting notes here.

September 2015

Here's a new aerial image of the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park site - it's progressing well! During October we'll be beginning to install mechanical treatment technology. This is the technology that will deal with black bag waste and make sure we pull out any recyclable and organic items that have been thrown away.

September 2015

Our team is looking forward to helping a project to bring a former Wolverton school back into community use next week. We’ll be using our Community Involvement Days – which Amey gives to all its employees – to support the project. You can read more in the Milton Keynes Citizen article here.

http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/wolverton-rallies-round-to-restore-old-school-house-building-1-6947820

September 2015

Take a look at this feature about Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, which has appeared on the trade site letsrecycle.com:

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/looking-forward-ameys-milton-keynes-waste-recovery-park/

August 2015

Milton Keynes Recovery Park is now starting to really take shape – as you can see from our latest aerial image. The covered building (top centre) will house our visitor centre and mechanical treatment technologies, while the building shown to the left of this will house the advanced thermal treatment technologies. You can also see development continuing on other areas of the site which will form part of the anaerobic digestion facilities.

July 2015

Work is continuing on cladding the buildings which will house the new facility’s treatment technologies and a visitor centre. The windows have been going up on the visitor centre and our offices over the past few days. Mechanical treatment technology will be installed in the autumn. We’ve now got 70 building specialists are working on site each day.

July 2015

Great news – our construction team has been awarded a silver award as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The award recognises what we do to care for our local community, the environment and our employees. The site has been registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme since building work began last year. Inspectors visit the site at regular intervals to check it is caring about appearance, respecting the community, protecting the environment, securing everyone’s safety and valuing their workforce. Pictured with the award are Jack Stitt (Deputy Project Manager, Amey), Vincent Chadwick (Project Manager VolkerFitzpatrick), David Colley (Lead Construction Manager, MWH) and Richard Edwards (Managing Quantity Surveyor, VolkerFitzpatrick).

June 2015
We’ve had a busy few days on site, with the installation of the tallest section of the facility. It took almost a week to put up the 55 metre high steel stack. It was installed in three parts, with the sections weighing 14 tonnes, 16.5tonnes and 17tonnes each and with a diameter of 2.3metres. The sections were constructed by a specialist manufacturer in Denmark prior to being transported to Milton Keynes and craned into place. Pictured are Amey’s Jack Stitt (Deputy Project Manager) and Paul Greenwell (Managing Director) on site.

June 2015
Progress on site is going well and we’re on track for completing construction at the end of the year. Cllr Mick Legg, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, says: “I am very impressed with the good progress being made at the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park and that we’re on schedule to see it open at the end of the summer 2016 when it will begin to make a real difference to the way we process waste here in Milton Keynes.”

April 2015
We’ve been busy installing key pieces of equipment – work currently in progress is the second installation phase of equipment for the advanced thermal treatment plant (ATT). With some pieces of equipment weighing up to 80 tonnes and measuring up to 4.7m wide, this delivery and installation has required careful planning and coordination including specialist crane lifting operations.

April 2015
The construction of the buildings which will house our mechanical treatment and anaerobic digestion technology is ongoing. The majority of the steelwork for the mechanical treatment building is complete, with work progressing well to install cladding to weatherproof the structure. Our picture shows steelwork progress on the anaerobic digestion part of the facility.

April 2015
Andy Hudson, Head of Environment and Waste for Milton Keynes Council, said: "We are delighted with the progress being made on the construction of Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. Anyone visiting the site over the last few months will have noticed how quickly the buildings are taking shape and very soon the majority of this work will be complete, with the focus then being on the installation of the technology. This plant will make a real difference to the amount of waste ending up in landfill as well as increasing the amount of material recycled.”

March 2015
We’ve started work installing key components which will make up our advanced thermal treatment plant (ATT). The ATT will create energy from any rubbish which cannot be recycled – enough to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes.

February 2015
Well done! Milton Keynes Council and Amey have been commended in the ‘Innovative Planning Practice in Decision Taking’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute South East Planning Awards for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The award recognises outstanding use of development management processes. Councillor Mick Legg, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: "We are delighted to have received this award, recognising the hard work that ensured the planning approval process for the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park ran so smoothly. This plant will make a real difference to the way we treat our black sack waste, saving us money in the long term, as well as being good for our environment by drastically cutting the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

February 2015
A view from the skies – see how work is progressing on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park!

December 2014
Construction is progressing well and is on target – we’re now a year away from our deadline to complete the build. Steel framework which will house the new facility is now under way.

November 2014
Our latest aerial image shows just how much work has progressed over the past two months.

November 2014
The hopper assembly which feeds refuse derived fuel into the advanced thermal treatment facility has been installed and work is also well underway on the anaerobic digestion plant.

September 2014
Here's an aerial image showing the site following demolition of the existing buildings on site – we’re now ready to start construction.

September 2014
We’ve completed demolition works of the existing buildings on Dickens Road and have been busy preparing the site for the start of the main construction. Early works will include creating the foundations for the buildings, followed by steelwork going up.

June 2014
We’ve held a special event on site to mark the start of work on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. The event brought together the partners involved in developing the new facility, including Amey (which has the contract to design, build and operate MKWRP), Milton Keynes Council, project contractors and lenders and the site’s Community Liaison Group members. Milton Keynes Council’s Chief Executive David Hill paid tribute to Amey and its contractors for the great technical solution provided and for taking the project forward so quickly and efficiently. “I wish them every success with this landmark facility – the first of its kind in England and Wales.” Pictured are some of our Amey team at the event.

June 2014
Construction work has begun on site! We’re starting with the demolition of the existing buildings on the Dickens Road site, which will allow the main construction phase to get under way.