Lincoln’s energy from waste (EfW) facility has been officially opened by the secretary of state for business, Vince Cable.
To date, 123,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste has been processed at the plant which was built and is being operated by FCC Environment. Over 58,000MWh of electricity has been produced, enough to power 26,500 homes for a year.
Cable said: “This plant means that rubbish that would otherwise have found its way to landfill will now be used to light up Lincoln.
“Through our industrial strategy we are joining forces with business to give companies the confidence to invest, securing green jobs and a stronger UK economy.”
Paul Taylor, chief executive officer of FCC Environment, said his company was pleased at the partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, particularly over the amount of residual waste diverted from landfill.
“Lincoln’s EfW is another step forward in achieving our strategy of owning the waste and maximising the value of the resource through renewable energy as well as developing the UK’s EfW infrastructure,” he said.
Cable also visited EMR’s plastic recycling joint venture partner MBA Polymers UK during his tour of the East Midlands.
The facility in Worksop produces 50,000 tonnes of recycled plastic each year and is one of the largest and most advanced post consumer plastic recycling facilities in the world.
Chris Sheppard, EMR chief executive said: “We have always been very good at recovering the metals, which account for around 75% of everything we recycle, but we have been acutely aware that to be truly resource efficient we had to go further to recycle and recover the complex mix of residual materials such as plastic, rubber and textiles that ended up in landfill.
“MBA, with their patented technology were the first to offer the possibility of sorting plastics so that it was possible to create a high quality, recycled product with properties comparable to virgin material.”
Cable said MBA Polymers was demonstrating how manufacturing could benefit both the economy and the environment.
“Whether it’s turning old cars into new cars and coffee machines, or broken computers into brand-new vacuum cleaners, they are transforming scrapheap rubbish into the materials used in many household goods.”
- The photo above shows Mark James, general manager Lincoln for FCC Environment with Vince Cable. The photo below is the Lincolnshire EfW plant.