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Energy minister commends Sterecycle as “pioneers”

Energy minister Charles Hendry has described Sterecycle as waste management “pioneers” during a visit to the company’s Rotherham plant.

The visit, which was part of the minister’s tour of low carbon development in Yorkshire, saw Hendry visit Sterecycle’s autoclave waste treatment facility, in order to see how the technology treats black bag waste using “steam processes” to recover recyclables and biomass energy.

Hendry said: “The less waste we send to landfill, the better. That’s why I’m very interested to see this system first hand. Pioneers like the people here at Sterecycle should be commended for developing such an innovative solution to what we do with our waste.”

Sterecycle chief executive Tom Shields described the interest from the minister as “extremely positive”. He said: “Increasing awareness of our solution to waste and its ability to recover energy is vital in ensuring we can roll out more plants across the UK to meet the needs of local authorities and businesses who are increasingly looking for greener waste treatment processes.

“We hope the government maintains its renewable energy incentives such as ROCS (Renewable Obligation Certificates) which are very important to the development of the renewable energy side of our business.”

Sterecycle has also recently been granted planning permission for an additional combined heat and power (CHP) facility on the Rotherham site, which will use the processed biomass from the black bag waste to generate green energy for the plant and the national grid.

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