Traditionally the UK has relied on landfill as the main means of waste disposal. These days, with greater levels of recycling and recovery, the need for landfill is in decline. Economic and legislative drivers are diverting waste from landfill, but it remains an important part of UK waste strategy.
Today's modern landfill sites can be a major source of the UK's renewable energy production. They will continue to generate energy for many years after landfill closure as decomposing waste continues to produce methane gas. Left untreated, this gas would create environmental damage; however the controlled cell design of our landfill sites, combined with a network of wells and pipes, enables safe extraction of landfill gas. This gas is then supplied to fuel engines to generate electricity, which is fed directly into the national grid.
We currently operate 18 active landfill sites across the UK and also fully support the aftercare needs of our closed sites. The gas utilisation plants situated on these sites have a total installed capacity of 100 megawatts; enough to provide the domestic power needs of a city the size of Edinburgh.
We are actively looking to expand our energy portfolio and are looking at new technologies that may enable the energy production from our landfill sites to be enhanced. This includes solar technology and energy storage projects.
Each site operates under the highest quality, environmental, energy efficiency, and health and safety standards – certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 respectively.
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