Energy from waste
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Did you know that....


Every year, we produce over 38 million tonnes of waste in the UK.

85% of our waste ends up in landfill sites – only 6% is recycled!
The rest is incinerated.

This waste lies in the earth for many years – some of it will decompose and decay but most of it, particularly the plastics, will not!  

The contents of your average dustbin in one year could be used to produce enough electricity for you to watch TV for 5,000 hours!

How does Energy-from-Waste work?
Waste is collected from our homes and carried to an energy from waste incineration plant where it is burnt. The steam produced from this incineration is transformed into hot water and pumped through underground pipes to heat homes and factories nearby. Alternatively the steam can be used to power turbines to generate electricity.

Combustable waste can also be mashed and compressed into fuel pellets and mixed with solid fuels in a conventional power station.

Combined heat and power plants at oil refineries use waste heat to generate electricity for the refinery and provide a surplus to the National Grid. Small-scale CHP can be used in schools, hospitals, offices and blocks of flats.

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