A Kent-based company has received planning permission to build a second plant to turn energy-from-waste residues into aggregate.
Carbon8 will build the £4m facility at Avonmouth, near Bristol, by early 2016.
The company uses accelerated carbonation technology to recycle waste flue gas treatment residues (FGT) from EfW plants into lightweight aggregate that can be used to produce building blocks.
Carbon8 claims the process captures more carbon dioxide than is generated during manufacturing, resulting in an aggregate that can be defined as “carbon-negative”.
It opened the first facility of its kind in the UK in 2012 at Brandon, Suffolk. The plant was upgraded with a £1.5m second production line last year after Grundon Waste Management increased its investment in the scheme.
Steve Greig, managing director at Carbon8, said that planning approval for the Avonmouth facility consolidated the company’s position as “the prime FGT recycling business” in England and Wales.
“Demand from EfW operators is increasing all the time as they look for alternatives to disposing of FGT into landfill, and at the same time, our ability to produce carbon negative aggregates has really captured the imagination of the building trade.
“The Avonmouth facility will enable us to respond to the market and, we hope, will be a stepping stone to our ambition to build further facilities over the next two to three years.”
- Carbon8’s technology won an award at the 2013 National Recycling Awards and the following year small blocks of the aggregate were used as trophies