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.