Fuel processing plant in Rugby becomes operational

Malpass Farm
Malpass Farm

A new facility which will turn waste into fuel has become operational.

The site, at Malpass Farm in Rugby, is undergoing a series of tests to make sure all the newly-installed equipment is working properly before it goes into full production of Climafuel, which will be used in the cement kiln near by.

Graham Roberts, production operations manager for SITA UK, the company behind the new plant, said: “The waste that will come here would otherwise go to landfill. Instead we are going to take out anything which can be recycled and then turn what’s left into a replacement fossil fuel.

“We have been producing this fuel very successfully at another plant in Birmingham for the last couple of years. This new facility is much bigger and uses newer high-tech equipment.

“We have taken on 20 new permanent staff to work at Malpass Farm, many of whom live in the Rugby area. Initially, during the commissioning phase, we’ll be running with one shift, but by July, we expect to be taking on another 20 staff for a second shift.”

The waste, from homes and businesses across Warwickshire and beyond, will be repeatedly sifted and shredded. Metals, plastics and paper will be taken out for recycling .

The resulting flakes will then fuel the cement kiln at Cemex.

Waste will be delivered between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays. Initially there are likely to be around 20 deliveries a day, but this will increase to 50 to 60 when the plant is working at full capacity.

Rugby Green Party has expressed concerns about the plant. Speaking in 2013 about fears of fires, election candidate Steve Wright said: “It would be very difficult to find a more unsuitable site for a waste processing plant than that of Malpass Farm.”

Grants of up to £60,000 are available to improve the natural environment and community life.

For more details, call 01454 262910 or visit www.sitatrust.org.uk