A new state of the art In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility developed by East Riding-based recycling company Biowise, which also trades under the name Wastewise, will be officially opened today by Lord Haskins.
Biowise has invested £4.5m in the project which includes funding assistance from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as from Yorkshire Bank and Close Brothers Asset Finance.
In April 2014 the company, in partnership with Hartlepool-based J&B Recycling, was awarded a 10-year contract to process the organic waste from both Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils.
The new facility will process over 60,000 tonnes per annum of garden and food waste from 263,000 households in the region. The plant, which utilises the proven and highly regarded Dutch ‘Gicom’ technology, will convert the organic waste into quality compost for use in horticulture and agriculture.
James Landau, managing director at Biowise, said: “This facility will help address the shortage of waste treatment facilities in the area and prevent waste having to be transported long distances to be recycled.
“A large percentage of the area’s waste will now be managed locally which has attracted investment into the local economy, created a number of local jobs and safeguarded others .”
Lord Haskins, former chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies, was appointed chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership in 2011.
He is currently a member of the Lords’ Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group Board and a non-executive Director of JSR Farms Ltd as well as being a former Board member of Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency.
Joining Lord Haskins at the opening event will be children from Willerby Carr Lane Primary school plus representatives from local businesses, funding organisations, local authorities and the general public.