Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Defra backs sustainable Parc system

The results of five years research and a practical trial will culminate next month in the commissioning of a newly developed sustainable waste system.

Called a Premier Advanced Recycling Centre (Parc), the system was found to release less carbon dioxide than incineration (or energy-from-waste) or landfill.

Researched and trialled in association with Durham University and based in County Durham, the system could help local authorities recycle waste that they had previously sent to landfill.

Premier Waste Management, Civic Environmental Systems and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) developed the system under the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme, which also backed the Power-from-waste showcase Seamer Carr site, near Scarborough ( 1 May).

Unsorted domestic waste is turned into compost by separating out metals, glass, plastic and aerobically-digesting biodegradable materials to produce green waste compost, which can be used to manufacture high quality topsoil.

This product can be used to regenerate brownfield sites, which in turn can be used to grow biofuel crops.

A larger Parc tower will soon be added to the two already in place at Premiers Thornley site, County Durham.

Premier Waste Management chief executive Les Grant said: We have guaranteed markets for [Parcs] various outputs which we believe will expand as the uses of compost derived products become clearer and the regulatory environment catches up with these new technologies.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.