Benefits of energy-from-waste

Some of the benefits to be gained from the energy-from-waste process.

There are many benefits to be gained from the EfW process:

  • Cost effective thermal treatment process and established proven technology.
  • No extensive preparation of waste material is required and the facility is adaptable to changes in the mix of waste material.
  • EfW process recovers energy in the form of electrical power and heat. The 5MW of electricity that the island's facility produces is sufficient to light and heat 5000 homes.
  • EfW diverts waste from landfill, thus preventing methane emissions, which can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Municipal waste is a non fossil fuel. Recovery of energy from this source by EfW means that less fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil need to be burned - preserving this limited resource for future generations.
  • EfW plants are designed as all weather facilities and operate on a 24 hour, 7 day per week basis. Discharging of waste is under cover and odours are minimised by extraction fans, which provide the primary air for the process.
  • The EfW process produces by-products, which can be recovered and recycled. Metals are returned to scrap recycling and inert bottom ash is used as a secondary aggregate.

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