Renewable energy

How energy from waste goes hand-in-hand with high recycling rates

A common argument of opponents to energy from waste (EfW) is that incineration crowds out recycling, writes Councillor Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for the environment and public realm at the London Borough of Bexley. They question why anyone would bother to recycle when an incinerator can easily burn everything. However often the reverse is true, and authorities with high recycling rates use incineration as a cost effective and efficient way to deal with their residual waste.


Clever Danes inject new life into waste management

Imagine UK householders no longer having to separate their waste at source and the biodegradable materials in black bag rubbish being turned into a high quality bioliquid that is suitable for biogas production. Fiction? Not according to Danish technology that has just been launched. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Waste gasification and melting technology

The direct melting system is a shaft-furnace gasification and melting process that offers the advantage that no pre-treatment of municipal solid waste is required. Nobuhiro Tanigaki reports.


Waste's changing role: What does 2014 hold for the industry?

As far as waste management is concerned, 2013 didn’t end on a high. The new waste minister decided that he was “stepping back” from waste policy while new data shows that recycling rates are also clearly plateauing. Does this make for a tougher 2014? David Burrows investigates.



When SEL finally got its CHP: The launch

Originally built in the early 1990s, the South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP) plant has finally achieved the district heating aspect of the project for which it was intended. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


2014 waste to energy: Boom or bust?

The waste to energy marketplace has continued to experience ups and downs throughout 2013. What opportunities are there for WtE to earn its place as a valued part of the UK’s resource agenda in 2014? Chris Oldfield, managing director, UNTHA UK, investigates.



Recycling: A process as circular as the earth?

Closed loop recycling and the circular economy are buzzwords in today’s waste management sector, however, what about the way minerals have been continuously recycled over the centuries? Dr Tim Johnson, technical director, Tetronics looks at the role thermal treatment plays in helping to recycle essential minerals.


Westbury and the renewable heat incentive

Government financial incentives are a cost effective way to allow UK businesses to become carbon neutral. One of these schemes is the renewable heat incentive, which was introduced by the government in 2011. Essex-based company Westbury was the second business in the UK to sign up for it. Jonathan Hey, MD Westbury Garden Rooms and Westbury Windows & Joinery, reports.