With the Government working towards generating 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, we’re committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels in the UK's fight against climate change. We have therefore placed the recovery of renewable energy at the heart of our business strategy.
Our aim is to recycle as much as we can, but extracting value – in the form of energy – from the waste we can’t recycle is an equally important part of our approach.
What we offer
We recover valuable renewable energy from the non-hazardous waste collected through our business and municipal waste contracts.
To get energy from it, we burn the waste and use the steam that’s produced to generate electricity. This is made available at competitive prices to heat local homes and businesses. We also use wind turbines on reclaimed land to generate power for the national grid, grow carbon-neutral 'energy crops' and capture methane from landfill sites to create energy.
We currently operate three Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities, in Nottingham, in Kent and in Lincoln. Together these plants will enable us to treat a total of 810,000 tonnes of waste per year and turn it into valuable 'green' energy. In addition, we also two further EfW's at build phase in Buckinghamshire (Operational early 2016) and Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Operational early 2016). With a final EfW at preffered bidder stage in Edinburgh and Midlotian (Operational 2017).
We are building a number of small wind turbines on reclaimed areas of landfill sites to generate power, and have been granted planning permission for two wind turbine developments on former landfill sites.
We also have 20 sites that have been planted with 'energy crops'. These replace some of the fossil fuels used in power stations and will eventually be used in our own anaerobic digestion facilities.