What happens to my general waste?

Most people think that their general waste ends up in landfill. But it doesn’t. General waste is used to make electricity.

The general waste from your home is delivered to a mechanical treatment facility in Greater Manchester. The waste is shredded and then transported by train to the Energy Recovery facility in Runcorn.

Once the waste has arrived at Runcorn, it is unloaded at the tipping hall. The general waste is fed into the furnace which creates heat. This heat is used to boil water to make steam which spin turbines. The turbines are connected to generators which make electricity.

The electricity and heat produced from the facility is used to power the INOVYN facility.  By using the heat and power from the facility, INOVYN now takes around 20% less energy from the National Grid.

The gases produced by the process  are treated using lime and activated carbon.  Bag filters are used to capture the lime, carbon and other particles. The chimney stack at the facility is fitted with an emissions monitoring system. This system continually monitors the emissions coming out of the stack.

The ash that is left over is sent to another facility for further separation.  Ferrous metals are removed for recycling.  The ash is reused for construction. 

Watch the film below to see how a typical Energy from Waste facility works.

Did you know?

If every home in Greater Manchester, put a plastic fruit punnet into their general waste bin, it would make enough electricity to power a primary school for two months.

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