Lancashire-based EfW plant considered

UK: Local authority confirms it is in the early stages of looking at a potential facility

Baled RDF Image copyright Antonio Balaguer Soler 123RF
Baled RDF Image copyright Antonio Balaguer Soler 123RF

Local authority Lancashire County Council has told ENDS it is considering starting the procurement process for an energy-recovery plant to deal with its residual waste post 2025.

In a response to a freedom of information request asking whether it was planning to develop an energy-from-waste plant, the council responded: "No decision has been taken as to what exact form the processing will take, but EfW is one of the options that may be considered."

The response does not go into detail about the council’s plan and therefore does not indicate how much waste a future plant could process or what production capacities any such facility might have.

Currently, the council says it has no direct deal to send waste to an EfW plant, but it does turn waste into refuse-derived fuel, which is sent elsewhere for energy recovery.

The council also said in a separate statement that in 2017/18 about 20% of all its black bin bag waste was made into RDF, which is about 115,000 tonnes.

Lancashire’s response to ENDS further explained that the authority has two waste recovery parks operated by council-owned Lancashire Renewables (formerly called Global Renewables Lancashire Operations last year), which processes the waste into RDF.

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