A £750m waste management deal bringing more than 300 jobs has been signed by Wakefield Council.
A consortium of private companies which includes Shanks Group and Babcock Southern Holdings will take over the running of the council’s waste and recycling services.
The consortium will build a new recycling centre at South Kirkby Business Park, as well as new sites at Denby Dale Road, in Wakefield, and Glasshoughton, as part of the 25-year private finance initiative (PFI) deal.
And the council said the project would create 250 new jobs to build the sites and 60 permanent roles.
Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “We are very pleased that this agreement has been signed with Shanks Group plc to manage the district’s waste and recycling. It is excellent news for the district, bringing jobs and investment, as well as improving a service which is always high on the public’s agenda.
“It gives us the opportunity to safeguard jobs of current employees who work in this area and provide new jobs in one of the most deprived areas in the district with the building and opening of the new waste treatment plant in South Kirkby..”
It will take about two-and-a-half years for the three new facilities to be built.
The new treatment plant at South Kirkby will allow more waste to be recycled and reduce the amount sent to landfills.
When the new facilities are complete, the town’s current site at Manface Quarry will be phased out, along with other sites at Ossett, Castleford, Ferrybridge and Fitzwilliam.
Peter Dilnot, chief executive of Shanks Group plc, said: “We are delighted to have signed this contract with Wakefield Council and look forward to working with the authority and local residents to increase their diversion from landfill. Our solution will help them make more from the waste they produce by increasing recycling, generating green energy and producing compost for land remediation and use by residents.
“We are excited that the Green Investment Bank has chosen this project as one of its first major investments, which will see Shanks draw on experience from across our Group to deliver a genuinely sustainable solution.”
Joanne Roney, chief executive of Wakefield Council, said: “It has been a long journey, and at times challenging, but throughout the negotiations we have never lost sight of the need for additional finance to deliver a waste management system for the future.”