Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These are the 3Rs of waste management designed to protect our environment now and in the future. But some are taking their waste management efforts a step further and reaping the rewards of increased efficiency and an improved reputation for being green.
How? By working with a waste management supplier that provides an end-to-end waste management service that sees their waste turned into energy.
Rabbit Group has been creating energy from waste at its state-of-the-art, multi-million pound facility since 2010. The facility, which offers customers a near-zero-to-landfill waste service, diverts more than 60,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill sites and generates enough sustainable, green electricity to power around 8,000 homes.
How the Energy from Waste Facility works
Here is a step-by-step guide to the process of producing energy from waste:
- Around 60,000 tonnes of waste, that would previously have gone to landfill, is diverted instead to Rabbit Group’s Energy from Waste Facility.
- Recyclable materials are removed by processing waste through a fully-automated materials recovery facility. Soil, bricks and hardcore go to the construction and aggregate industries. Metals are sent directly to metal merchants. Plastics are baled prior to going to specialist plastic pre-processors.
- Remaining, non-recyclable materials are shredded and screened to remove any additional metals, then burnt in a fully-automated and closely monitored process, which generates super-heated steam.
- The steam drives pressure turbines, which in turn drive a generator to produce up to 5 megawatts of green electricity, enough to power approx. 8000 homes.
- The exhaust from the combustors is treated through a cooling process and filter plant, with all emissions being maintained below permitted levels and monitored 24/7.
- The ash produced is recycled into aggregate.
One-stop waste and energy shop
Rabbit Group’s one-stop-shop commercial waste management service offers businesses a near-zero-to-landfill option of disposing of their waste and is superior to traditional ‘mass burn incineration’ processes as it produces significantly more energy.
The co-location of the recycling and energy generation facilities at Rabbit Group’s site, and the elimination of transportation to landfill sites, also significantly reduces vehicle-generated CO2.