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SITA UK and Forth Ports Announce Long-Term Partnership

Port of Tilbury to become major recycling hub in South East of UK

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT subsidiary, SITA UK, and Forth Ports Limited (“Forth Ports”), one of the UK’s largest port groups, have today announced a long-term partnership that will see the creation of a major recycling and resource management hub based at the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames.

The partnership is part of a growth strategy for both companies that includes the acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, of Forth Ports-owned Nordic Recycling by SITA UK under a share purchase agreement and a long-term agreement between the two companies.

As part of this agreement, SITA UK will deliver a new Alternative Fuels waste material processing facility at the Port of Tilbury, which will process both solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse derived fuel (RDF). The facility is part of a multi-million pound investment which will complement the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) currently operated at the Port of Tilbury.

Nordic Recycling, based at Tilbury, includes the 100,000 tonnes per year capacity Materials Recovery Facility and a recycling collection business, which have become part of SITA UK’s wider operations.

Located at a major logistics interchange, the Port of Tilbury and London Container Terminal provide SITA UK with a unique opportunity to transport alternative fuels and secondary raw materials, both domestically and internationally, by road, rail and sea.

Chief Executive Officer of SITA UK, David Palmer-Jones said: “I am very pleased to welcome Nordic Recycling to SITA UK. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to further improve the efficiency of the materials recycling facility and to expand our recycling activities in the south east of England.

“By investing in new processing facilities at the port, we will not only create new jobs, but will also enable the south east to divert a significant amount of its waste material from landfill and put it to good use instead.”

Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports Limited (owners of The Port of Tilbury) said: “This new long term partnership is a significant achievement for our business and we are delighted to be working with our multi-national customer, SITA UK.

“The sale of Nordic Recycling will allow us to focus on our key port activities and SITA UK’s expansion plans at the port play to our key strengths in the handling and distribution of general cargo and containers. Through our excellent Portcentric networks and logistics experience, we will play a significant part in the success of this partnership.”

As part of the agreement, The Port of Tilbury has also awarded a 10-year contract to Nordic Recycling (subject to regular market-testing) to provide waste management services at the port.


Notes to editors

  • The production and export of waste-derived fuel materials is regulated and permitted by the UK Environment Agency, which regulates the production and end-use of these materials. To date, SITA UK currently supplies over 350,000 tonnes of fuels to customers in mainland Europe under licence from the EA.

  • As a responsible operator, SITA UK places a financial guarantee (bond) on all waste-derived fuel loads shipped overseas. In the unlikely scenario that a shipment of fuel does not meet a specific set of environmental criteria, the cost of returning the material to the UK and disposing of it are already covered.

  • The Port of Tilbury will provide stevedoring services to the waste-derived fuel shipping activities.

SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, is a recycling and resource management company, which serves over 12 million people and handles 8.5 million tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial waste each year. SITA UK provides services for over 42,000 public and private sector customers and operates a network of facilities including: recycling, composting, refuse-derived fuel production, solid recovered fuel production, wood processing, energy-from-waste and landfill. SITA UK employs over 5,500 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £780 million. SITA UK's purpose it to protect the environment by putting waste to good use.

Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 96.6 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 66.3 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services.

Forth Ports Limited owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the Thames, Dundee on the Firth of Tay and six on the Firth of Forth – Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.

Within and around the Firths of Forth and Tay, Forth Ports manages and operates an area of 280 square miles of navigable waters, including two specialised marine terminals for oil and gas export and provides other marine services, such as towage and conservancy.


For further information contact:

Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co
0141 548 5191 / 07532 183811 / Debbie@sprengandco.com

Ben Johnson
01628 513288 / 07870 253179 / ben.johnson@sita.co.uk

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