Hampshire County Council has two new initiatives to increase recycling and boost its 90% landfill diversion performance further.
The council has opened a Solid Recovered Fuel facility to deal with bulky household waste, built and operated by Veolia Environmental.
The new centre will help Hampshire authorities increase the amount of municipal waste diverted from landfill to 94%, as part of its ‘Project Integra’ which aims for zero domestic waste to landfill.
In a two-year trial, fuel will be made from bulky waste too large for kerbside collections, such as furniture, taken to House Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), as well as some commercial waste.
Machines will shred the bulky waste and extract any metals for recycling, before the remaining material is shredded again. A trommel, belt magnet, air separator and optical sort is used to recover any other materials for recycling, such as metals.
The county’s collective recycling rate is more than 37%, with the remaining 53% of Hampshire’s non-recyclable waste used to generate electricity via the three Energy Recovery Facilities.
Project Integra is a partnership between Hampshire County Council, the two unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth, 11 District Councils, and Veolia Environmental Services.
Veolia Environmental Services chief executive Estelle Brachlianoff said: “At the moment this is a trial but we believe this will help lead Hampshire closer to zero waste to landfill.”
The county council has also partnered with Living Fuels and Hopkins Recycling to put collection tanks for used cooking oil at 23 out of 24 of the county’s HWRCs, which can be used to created electricity.
Living Fuels says that one full tank can provide electricity to power the average home for an entire year.
Living Fuels’ operations director, Rob Murphy said: “The recovery of waste vegetable oil into our chemical-free bioliquid, and subsequent electricity generation and capture of heat means a higher recovery of energy, making this process the most sustainable way of recycling used cooking oil.”
Councillor Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment at Hampshire County Council, said that the authority was getting close to its aspiration of zero landfill.
“Hampshire residents are excellent recyclers and, thanks to Hopkins Recycling, our contractors who have instigated this trial with the help of Living Fuels, it is great news that we can offer them a way to dispose of used cooking oil conveniently and safely, and that this waste can be recycled to generate green energy.”