Will recyclable waste be used to generate heat and power?

Recyclable waste as a segregated waste stream will not be used to fuel the Energy Recovery Facility.

Residual waste may inevitably contain material which in theory could have been recycled. However, for a number of reasons it would not be economically or practically possible to retrieve these items. In such cases energy from waste is used effectively to ensure those materials do not go to a worse environmental fate by being sent to landfill.

Both collection and disposal authorities have very little control over what enters the waste stream without substantial compulsion measures or economic incentives and cannot influence product design higher up the supply chain.

Therefore, a key role for the local authorities is ensuring that their residents are clear on what can go in the recycling stream to reduce the contamination levels and ensure the material produced is consistent. This is at the heart of our Wise up to Waste campaign, which you can find more about here: wiseuptowaste.org.uk

If a vehicle enters the site and is suspected to contain recyclable materials that could be easily extracted for recycling, the vehicle will be directed to the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF). Within this facility it would be possible to identify and separate out materials for recycling at a bulk level. The Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) would promote the separation of recyclable materials by householders and small businesses.