Diverting South Tyne and Wear’s waste from landfill

SUEZ is working with the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership to manage household waste from 285,000 homes in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Our contract runs until 2039.

The mission

The Partnership’s target is to increase recycling to 50% by 2020

Our role is to ensure that the 190,000 tonnes of residual waste left over each year after recycling are managed sustainably.
Our solution

We manage three waste transfer stations, at Campground in Gateshead, Jack Crawford House in Sunderland, and Middlefields in South Shields.

 

In 2013, we replaced the existing waste transfer station at Campground with a modern, purpose-built facility.

 

A visitor and education centre was also developed on the site. The public, and especially school groups, are invited to visit and learn about waste recovery and recycling, and how to manage their own waste in a more environmentally-friendly way.

 

The existing transfer station at Middlefields was refurbished and upgraded in 2014. The new transfer station at Jack Crawford House was constructed over 2013-2014.

 

The residual waste is used to generate energy at our purpose-built energy-from-waste facility in Teesside.

The results

We divert more than 95.5% of the area’s residual waste from landfill

By consolidating waste loads, the new transfer station network helps reduce the number of truck journeys to deliver waste to the energy-from-waste power station in Teesside – cutting exhaust emissions and saving on fuel.

 

We also separate and sort around 5,000 tonnes of recyclable materials at these facilities every year – including wood, plastic, metals, waste electrical products (such as TVs), tyres and street sweepings. The materials are transferred to reprocessing facilities, helping to boost the area’s recycling rate.

 

Each year, the energy-from-waste facility generates enough electricity to power over 30,000 homes.

30,000
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could be powered by the electricity generated
95.5
%
residual waste diverted from landfill
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