Judith Harper led the bid by Neales Waste Management centred upon Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) preparation for cement production and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) production for thermal treatment by gasification.


The Project

Waste and Resources Projects seconded Judith Harper to Neales Waste Management to lead the preparation of a tender to the Clyde Valley group of Scottish local authorities for treatment and disposal of their residual waste.

The project formed part of the Clyde Valley Authorities’ response to the Clyde Valley Review published by Sir John Arbuthnott in 2009, which examined the potential for cost savings to be made through increased integration in service delivery between the eight original Clyde Valley Local Authorities.  It was intended to:

  • assist the Partner Councils in meeting their statutory obligations and targets arising out of EU law and the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012;
  • complement the Partner Councils’ kerbside recycling initiatives and increase recycling levels;
  • recover energy from Residual Waste that would otherwise be disposed to landfill;
  • divert biodegradable waste away from landfill;
  • reduce landfill disposal to a minimum; and
  • contribute towards the Partner Councils’ shared vision with the Scottish Government of a Zero Waste future.

Neales Waste Management developed a solution involving the provision of waste transfer stations, one or more MRFs with RDF and SRF production, and the subsequent recovery of energy via gasification/cement production, together with the management and operation of HWRCs.

Judith Harper helped develop the solution and project managed the preparation and delivery of the outline submission and included developing a unique solution based upon relationships with other companies within the Cementir family group,

Judith co-ordinated the inputs from financial and legal advisors together with in-house operational staff and partner companies and led the competitive dialogue with the Partner Authorities.