Why Recycle & Why EfW?

Viridor's UK network of Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs) handles 1.3 million tonnes and growing, of municipal and commercial recyclables.

Recyclables typically comprise all or some of the following:

  • Aggregates
  • Aluminium
  • Cardboard
  • Ferrous and other metals
  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Specialist high grade products.

There are strong environmental, cost and legal reasons to manage resources effectively and recycle more. Key drivers include:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS)
  • Landfill Directive and related regulations
  • Pre-treatment regulations
  • Producer Responsibility Regulation (for packaging waste)
  • WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive

Visual Elevation

Viridor has undertaken extensive research into waste treatment technologies. The Resource Recovery Centre will provide a number of key benefits:

  • The facility will maximise the recovery of resources through recycling and production of energy in the form of electricity and heat
  • The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) design will present opportunities for additional commercial development. The heat produced by the facility can be converted to ‘cold' energy for cold stores etc.
  • The facility offers a safe and sustainable alternative to landfill for the waste residues from local homes and businesses that are left after recycling and composting;
  • Approximately 30MW of electricity will be supplied to the National Grid;
  • The facility will offer employment for approximately 70 new permanent staff when it is operational as well as over 200 jobs for the three year construction period;
  • The proposal will help to achieve local targets on landfill diversion, to be met or even exceeded and therefore avoid costly fines;
  • EfW offsets the significant economic impact of landfill tax (£40 per tonne in 2009 rising to £72 in 2013), which would otherwise be passed onto council tax payers; and
  • The local economy will benefit from increased employment opportunities, sustained by wages and salaries received and spent in the local economy by people directly employed at the facility and through the use of local services.
  • The Resource Recovery Centre will provide cost effective, efficient and reliable solutions for dealing with recyclable and non-recyclable wastes.

There are already 20 EfW facilities similar to that being proposed by Viridor safely operating in the UK including schemes in Scotland, Birmingham, London, Portsmouth and Sheffield. EfW, often incorporating combined heat and power (CHP) is also an established technology across Europe, working alongside high recycling rates and helping to meet landfill diversion targets.

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