Local authorities in England achieved a combined recycling and composting rate of 43.6% over the 2012 calendar year, up 0.6% from the previous 12 months according to provisional data published by Defra today (August 8).
In the EU27, 503 kg of municipal waste1 was generated per person in 2011, while 486 kg of municipal waste was treated2 per person. This municipal waste was treated in different ways3: 37% was landfilled, 23% incinerated, 25% recycled and 15% composted, compared with 56% landfilled, 17% incinerated, 17% recycled and 10% composted in 2001.
Landfill mining has been touted as a way to recover valuable materials discarded over the years. So how does Enhanced Landfill mining differ? The Flanders-based Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium addresses the difference with a case study outlining the REMO landfill site in Belgium and potential energy recovery.
Landfill sites could contain valuable recyclable materials including metals, currently attracting high market prices, and plastics which, although possibly heavily contaminated, could still be utilised for energy recovery.
Dutch energy-from-waste company Twence has agreed its second contract to process refuse-derived fuel from the UK. The company has signed a deal with waste management firm FCC to process up to 200,000 tonnes-a-year of RDF from British household, commercial and industrial waste at Twence’s EfW plant in Hengelo in the Netherlands. The RDF will be sealed in air-tight plastic bales …
Five Percent of Residual Waste Could Power 700,000 U.S. Homes (Waste-to-Energy) If 5% of residual waste from recycling facilities were diverted to energy recovery, it would generate enough power for around 700,000 American homes annually, according to a new study carried out by the University of Texas at Austin.The study found that while single-stream recycling has helped divert millions of …
As space in Britain’s landfills runs out, the race is on to find environmentally friendly alternatives