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Shanks and Interserve are to build a £145m waste treatment plant at Sinfin in Derby by 2017, as part of a £950m PPP contract with local councils.

Shanks is looking to recruit 40 staff for a new waste treatment plant due to open at Manvers in Rotherham early next year.

Shanks Group is to sell most of its UK-based solid waste processing operations to Biffa for £9.5m, with the transfer of 300 staff.

Shanks Group and Babcock Southern have won a £750m waste management contract from Wakefield Council that will involve the construction of a new processing plant at South Kirkby and 60 new jobs.

Shanks Group is planning to invest £150m in the development of new recycling and anaerobic digestion plants over the next three years, including £75m in the UK.

Shanks Group and Scottish & Southern Energy have been selected as preferred bidders for a £750m waste PFI contract in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, which will include a new MBT plant in Manvers.

Shanks is to invest £7m in the expansion of its materials recycling plant in Kettering, in order to double capacity to 215,000 tonnes a year.

Shanks has won planning permission to build a £11m anaerobic digestion plant at the Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury by 2012.

Shanks Group has acquired the UK waste PFI interests of United Utilities, including bids for contracts in Derbyshire, Leicester, Derry and Gloucester.

Shanks has won planning permission to build a mechanical biological waste treatment plant at Sowerby Woods in Barrow by 2013.

Shanks has formed a joint venture with Energen Biogas to build a new £8m anaerobic digestion plant fuelled by food waste in Cumbernauld by summer 2010.

Shanks Group has signed a £720m 25-year waste disposal contract with Cumbria County Council, which will involve the development of two MBT waste processing plants.

Shanks has unveiled plans to build a £20m household waste recycling plant at Hespin Wood near Carlisle by 2012, with the creation of 23 jobs.

Shanks Group has acquired Foronex Group, the Benelux-based waste wood processing firm with 250 staff, for £10m.

Shanks has acquired two Dutch waste processing companies - Kluivers and Orgaworld - for a total £13m.

Shanks has acquired Smink Beheer, the Dutch waste management company with 170 staff, for £59m.

Shanks has acquired Eden Recycling, the materials recycling company with 27 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from Murray International Holdings for undisclosed terms.

Shanks is to sell most of its hazardous waste operations to Onyx for £28m, while a separate £6m transaction with Waterfront Edinburgh will involve the closure of a liquid waste processing plant.

Shanks is to sell its 24 landfill sites and related power operations to Terra Firma for £227m, and the business will be merged with Waste Recycling Group.

Shanks has won permission from Milton Keynes Council to build a multi-million pound waste treatment facility in Newton Longville.

Shanks has been selected as preferred bidder for a 25-year waste management contract for East London Waste Authority, and will set up a £100m recycling facility in the area.

Shanks is planning to introduce new waste recycling technologies to the UK following its recent acquisition of Waste Management Nederland, including the production of fuel pellets and the creation of combustible gases.

Shanks is to acquire Waste Management Nederland, the Dutch waste disposal company, for £208m.

Shanks & McEwan is to acquire Caird, the waste management company, for £51m, and hopes to achieve big cost savings as the two companies have various sites close to each other.

Shanks & McEwan is buying a number of Belgian waste management businesses from Sita for £67m.