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Costain wins £397m Greater Manchester waste contract

Costain has been awarded a £397 million contract by Viridor Laing to design and build municipal waste treatment infrastructure as part of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s PFI Waste and Recycling Contract.

The project, which will cost £3 billion to complete, will treat the 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste the GMWDA handles annually. 

The project comprises the design, construction and commissioning of a total of 44 different facilities spread across 26 locations, including:

  • 25 household waste recycling centres, 16 of which are being completely redeveloped;
  • 5 mechanical biological treatment plants (each approx 100,000 tonnes per annum);
  • 4 in-vessel composting plants (each approx 44,000 tonnes per annum);
  • 1 material recovery facility (16 tonnes per hour);
  • 7 transfer loading stations
  • 2 green waste facilities

When complete the project will provide waste disposal services to approximately 958,000 households across Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “This is a major project win for Costain.  We have deliberately targeted the waste sector where we can leverage our complementary process engineering skills and expertise from our water operations. 

“We intend to build a major presence in this rapidly expanding UK and European regulated marketplace, and look forward to building the waste services business into one of Costain’s leading divisions.”