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Introduction

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.

It is not always possible to recycle all of the material sent to our recycling facilities, the surplus material is compressed and bailed to create Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), that is used to power EfW facilities.

How It Works

FCC Environment as had a major shift in emphasis for its business strategy. We are now focusing on materials recycling and recovery of renewable energy as it moves away from landfill disposal. As one of the few alternatives to landfill, general waste can be sent to an EFW facility to generate steam from buying the waste and turning it into electricity that is then used to heat nearby homes and businesses. The burning of waste and turning it into energy also greatly reduces the reliance of fossil fuels to supply energy needs to nearby homes and businesses.

Combustion gases generated from these processes are treated prior to being released through the stack. Emissions are continuously monitored and regularly checked by the Environment Agency to ensure they are in line with EU regulations.

Our facilities

We currently operate 4 Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities, in Buckinghamshire, Kent, Lincoln and Nottingham. Together, these plants enable us to treat a total of 810,000 tonnes of waste per year and turn it into valuable 'green' energy.

For information on each facility, click on the links below:

Buckinghamshire EfW

Eastcroft EfW

Herefordshire & Worcestershire EfW

Kent Enviropower EfW

Lincoln EfW

Green

FCC Environment is committed to reducing the reliance on fossil fuels for the generation of electricity and looking for new ways to generate renewable energy with wind energy being one of the solutions.

Refuse Derived Fuel

Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) is produced from combustible components of municipal solid waste (MSW). The waste is shredded, dried and baled and then burned to produce electricity, thereby making good use of waste that otherwise might have ended up in landfill.

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