Cambridgeshire’s advanced Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility was opened recently at
Donarbon’s Waste Management Park in Waterbeach. The MBT plant, which cost just over £41 million to
build and equip, is the centrepiece of the 28-year PFI waste management contract between
Cambridgeshire County Council and Donarbon Ltd, whereby Donarbon will be responsible for treating the
majority of household waste from Cambridgeshire and ensuring that councils meet their recycling and landfill diversion targets.
The plant will sort materials from black bag waste for recycling and composting, which will cut the amount of household waste sent to landfill in Cambridgeshire. But this work has not been as obvious as the new recycling building now clearly visible from the A10!
Donarbon was part of the Dickerson Group of companies, and in anticipation for its move to new
offices in the recycling building, the business has had to separate itself from the Dickerson IT
infrastructure and servers, and establish its own new IT system and network, ready to meet the
demands of the waste treatment and recycling contract it recently signed with Cambridgeshire
Kevin Auden, director of 3it, the Bury St. Edmunds-based technology company that installed the
new IT system for Donarbon, says: “This is not a ‘geeky’ initiative; having modern IT systems and
qualified technical support is a vital part of the development of any flourishing business, and as a
locally-based technology provider, we are obviously happy to work with a successful company like Donarbon.
“The work we have done with Donarbon has been extensive and taken nearly a year to complete and has included establishing a completely separate network for the company, installing a new and larger server, configuring all the company’s PCs to a new domain, transferring all of Donarbon’s data to the new server and installing new firewall protection,” he continues.
3it’s solution for Donarbon consisted of:
As can be seen, 3it is able to offer a complete and diverse IT package to suit businesses of all sizes. Sarah Clover, business development director for Donarbon says: “We came into work Monday morning in our new offices and everything to do with the IT system was working perfectly, which was great news for us and testament to the hard work put in by 3it. The company has been very adaptable, coping with a range of problems, and they continue to give us IT support across the board.”