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Pioneering Energy from Waste Plant Proposed in Doncaster

Plans have been revealed for a new world pioneering £200m energy from waste plant in Doncaster that is set to revolutionalise the way that we process waste in the UK.  It will also bring around 220 much needed jobs for the region and become the catalyst for the regeneration of around 500 acres of disused land. 


The Doncaster Energy from Waste Project (The DEW Project) combines tried and tested technologies from different parts of the world to deliver the first ever facility of its kind that can collectively process waste, improve recycling output and also deliver over 30MW of the greenest possible energy.


Heralded as the most environmentally friendly way to eliminate rubbish, which is fast becoming a major problem nationwide and costs councils and tax payers increasingly more money for land filling, the facility will provide almost 100% diversion from landfill. Furthermore, it can take segregated and non segregated waste from households and commercial operations, so that kerbside collected material will be properly recycled.


The technology incorporates an initial sorting process whereby all potential recyclable materials, such as glass, plastics and metals, can be treated and fed into an adjacent Eco-Park that will transform them into marketable products.  It is able to generate the highest possible output of recycled material – including waste that, until now, has been very difficult to process, such as bottles with corks in them and shredded paper. 


The DEW Project also includes a series of processes that makes use of the non recyclable waste. After a steam treatment of this waste, the recovery process produces a fibre that is used in boilers to produce green energy, fed into the National Grid to make the Doncaster area a green energy place. Because of the high purity level of the fibre (over 90%) and the steam recovery, the process qualifies for carbon credits given by the government for only the highest environmentally friendly and energy efficient processes.


This groundbreaking project is a partnership between regional regeneration expert and land owner Waystone Ltd, and AvVail Ltd - a leading energy from waste innovator. The partnership is proposing to deliver the DEW Project adjacent to the working colliery in the Stainforth, Hatfield and Dunscroft area, putting Doncaster on the map for the most environmentally friendly energy from waste process possible.


Professor Markus Vinzent, Director of AvVail Ltd comments, “After years of research and close University-Industry co-operation, we are delighted to bring this project to Doncaster. The process is the world’s greenest solution to processing waste and delivers against the Government strategy to reduce overall waste and maximise recycling. When the plant is operational we expect to employ approximately 220 people with jobs ranging from management to semi skilled. We have also pledged to donate a percentage of funds generated from the plant into a ‘Community Fund’ that is used to support local services, plant over a quarter of a million trees and provide a thriving place to live, work and play.” 


Stuart McCloughlin, Managing Director for Waystone Ltd that owns the site where the facility is proposed, comments, “The DEW Project will be the catalyst for much wider regeneration for the DN7 area and we are very excited. We are already placing a new Power Park on the adjacent site and have recently secured planning permission to build a new link road connecting it directly to the M18.   The DEW Project will also greatly assist with our proposed 500 berth off-line marina on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal which received public support some time ago.”


Extensive land and waterscaping with new housing are also being facilitated by the DEW Project. 


A comprehensive public consultation programme will take place from 12th March with a brochure door drop to all local households and a series of presentations in the immediate Stainforth, Dunscroft and Hatfield areas. Interested parties are also invited to learn more and provide comments about the project by visiting  

Issues such as environmental impact have been addressed and comments will be evaluated for public information.


The development partnership intends to commence the planning process in March 2009 and, subject to gaining consent, hopes to start construction in late 2009 so that the facility can be ready for commercial operation by late 2011. Discussions are also underway with leading power and gas company E.ON regarding the project’s sustainable energy generation potential.




For further information please contact:

Louise French/ Dee Goldstraw

French PR

0113 242 4999


Released: 10 March 2009