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On-site disposal system gets EA thumbs up

An on-site waste disposal unit developed by a specialist technology firm has been given the green light by the Environment Agency (EA).

Pyropure’s system will allow on-site disposal of non-recyclable organic waste in a unit which is similar in size to a chest freezer. The EA has given the green light for the company to launch the machines commercially.

The technology uses a small scale process to destroy waste at source, avoiding the need for storage, collection, transport and disposal. Pyropure says that range of sectors will benefit from cost savings as a result of the technology, including healthcare, prisons, the military and leisure.

Chief executive Andrew Hamilton said: “Due to the unique nature of our technology and the fact that the units deal specifically with difficult to treat waste, we had to present robust evidence and trial data to the Environment Agency.

“We are delighted to announce that they have agreed to put in place a regulatory mechanism to enable us to commercially deploy the Pyropure technology from late summer.”

The machine destroys difficult to treat waste, leaving metal and glass for recycling.

The units also produce heat that can be used at the individual locations, such as in radiators. The emissions are clean and there is a small amount of harmless solid residue that is flushed away, according to the company.

Hamilton added he was pleased that the EA was also developing a long term and light touch regulatory solution for waste technologies at this scale.

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