Exciting new contract with SUEZ

Starting this month, a portion of Bristol’s black bag waste will be powering our laptops and street lights.

As a company we are committed to sending as little as possible to landfill and this new partnership with SUEZ helps us achieve this aim. - Tracey Morgan, MD

We’re pleased to let residents know that we have let a new contract with SUEZ recycling and recovery UK to process around 30,000 tonnes of domestic black bag waste into a useful resource for our city.

From November, this part of the city’s waste will be taken to Avonmouth where it will be used as a fuel to generate energy. The city produces over 80,000 tonnes of domestic black bag waste a year in addition to the 50,000 tonnes of recycling collected from homes.

The highly efficient processes used by SUEZ means that of the 30,000 tonnes, only 2% of this waste will end up in landfill with by-products of the energy recovery process being recycled in to materials for use in the construction industry.

Tracey Morgan, our Managing Director said, “as a company we are committed to sending as little as possible to landfill and this new partnership with SUEZ helps us achieve this aim. We encourage our residents to recycle more and waste less. This new arrangement will also see us transporting the waste in our own vehicles which saves 1,300 articulated lorry journeys a year.”

Producing energy out of our city’s waste is not a new concept to our business. Our city’s food waste is also taken to Avonmouth where Geneco’s anaerobic digestion process creates a methane-rich biogas that adds energy to our city’s power gird. This partnership with SUEZ is another opportunity to transform our city’s waste into a fuel for our city.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Bristol Waste Company to service the city’s residents.” David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, stated “at the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre near Bristol, we will take waste that is left after residents have separated out their recycling and use it as a sustainable fuel, generating energy for the national grid.”

Bristol Waste is working towards Mayor Rees’ goal of making Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020. We’re excited about this new partnership with the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre and how that helps Bristol waste nothing.