Transwaste recognises its responsibilities and obligations to the local community and the wider environment for its environmental impact. It is committed to complying with all relevant environmental legislation at a local, regional, national and European level. Recycling and processing of used materials (waste) into new products delivers many benefits to the environment. It reduces landfill. It enables the re-use of potentially useful materials. Reduces demand on natural resources. It reduces the consumption of raw materials and as such reduces energy usage, reduces air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfill leachate). By reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal (landfill) this also lowers greenhouse gas emissions. The sorting, grading and segregating of waste materials so they can be recycled and re-used is fundamental to the Transwaste business and commitment to the environment.
The processing of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is also part of this commitment. Millions of tonnes of MSW made from household and commercial waste is produced in the United Kingdom every year. Much of this waste is destined for landfill. The amount of landfill space available is reducing rapidly and the cost of sending material to be landfilled is escalating. Environmental pressures are now in favour of recycling and reusing with landfilling the very last resort. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and industrial waste can easily and economically be turned into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). By turning MSW and industrial waste into SRF not only is a valuable fuel produced but the need for landfill space is also dramatically reduced. This helps Transwaste to comply with Landfill Diversion targets of the EU Landfill Directive.
Whenever SRF is prepared in one facility for processing at another, a key commercial consideration is the transportation and storage costs of the SRF. Transwaste haulage logistics now reduces the amount of time material is stored and amount of journeys made. As fuel consumption is directly proportional to carbon dioxide emissions we are also reducing the carbon footprint.
Energy from Waste facilities can offer the following Environmental benefits:
- Waste is managed in a sustainable manner.
- Energy is recovered from the waste.
- It greatly reduces waste to landfill; reducing landfill tax costs and allowing local authorities to remain within their legally binding landfill targets.
- It prevents waste from emitting methane (a greenhouse gas) which has a far higher global warming potential than CO2.
- Reducing the use of fossil fuels
- Helping the UK to reach our renewable energy targets
- Improving our energy security
- Saving council tax payers money, compared with using landfills. This money can be better used for other frontline services in the future