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Why recover energy from waste?

After reduce, reuse, recycle, the recovery of energy from waste is considered to be the most sustainable option for treatment of waste.  There are a number of benefits:

  • It diverts the maximum amount of waste from landfill.
  • It treats waste that cannot be recycled or composted that is currently landfilled.
  • It reduces the amount of methane released from landfill (methane is more than 20 times more effective at trapping heat within the atmosphere than carbon dioxide).
  • It generates energy in the form of electricity and heat.
  • It provides indigenous energy supply – adding to the UK’s energy security.
  • It generates renewable and low carbon energy – contributing to the UK’s renewable energy targets.

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