Waste to Energy in London

Why London needs Waste to Energy

London is big: big population, big industry, big comercial sector, big tourism, big events. This leads to big problems: tons of waste, jam packed roads, a high demand for energy.

Waste to Energy helps all of these. It makes waste useful again, saving both landfill and teh use of non-renewable fuels. It generate energy, as electricity, and as heat for homes in CHAP (Combined Heat and Poeer) schemes. And it takes traffic off the roads, by using waste locally, not transporting it our of London. One of the major processors of waste to energy in London is McGrath Group.

RDF from Municipal Solid Waste

The end product of a Waste to Energy processing plant is Refuse Derived Fuel - known as RDF. This is also refered to as Energy from Municipal Solid Waste: the commercial and domestic refuse of the city. It's explained on Wikipedia.

Public Acceptance of Waste to Energy

Waste PileWaste to Energy is becoming better known and better accepted. At first it got a NIMBY reaction, as people thought that being close to a power plant using RDF would be smelly and polluting. The public are becoming better informed, and now realise that the smoke is scrubbed clean of harmful gases, and the solid waste is used for useful purposes such as roads and construction. PLus as people become more environmentally aware, they welcome it's environmental benefits.

The need to test and measure RDF

RDF can vary in quality, as the waste input varies every day. Quailty producers of RDF in London such as the McGrath Group cosntantly test and monitor their RDF, and confirm that their RDF is within certain set parameters. The measurs include:

  • heat value: calorific content
  • ash content
  • water content

Business Benefits of Waste to Energy

Not all businesses can use Waste to Energy to heat and light their buildings and power their machinery: the local infrastructure is simply not in place. Butalmost all businesses can include Waste to Energy in their disposing of the waste their company produces. This has direct benefits to the business:

  • Helps meet Corporate Social Responsibility obligations
  • Enhances Green credentials
  • Reduces C02 footprint: the C02 saved by Waste to Energy can be offset against that produced by the company

If this is of interest to your business, simple contact McGrath group to learn more.