Is Your Waste Destined for Landfill, or Greater Things?
Most of us consider our waste. We take the time to separate our plastic bottles and paper from our general waste and take our old clothes to the clothes bank. Everything else that is chucked into our general refuse bin ends up in landfill right? Wrong.
How is Zero Waste to Landfill achieved?
For some time now, waste disposal companies have been encouraged to aim for a zero waste to landfill mantra. Whilst some traders that are still disposing of their waste in landfill, many trade waste centres and recycling centres are achieving incredible rates in reducing the waste they send to landfill.
PSH Environmental (formally Parkers Skip hire in Norfolk) are one ‘refuse sorting plant’ that had the foresight to move their business forward, developing their staff and machinery to support the reduction of landfill waste. Every element of waste placed in skips, that have been hired by commercial or domestic users is sorted to the Nth degree. Wood, metal and aggregates are extracted in a meticulous fashion, paper is baled and general waste is separated.
What is RDF?
The general mixed waste, that historically would have been sent to large landfill sites is no longer just buried and forgotten. When waste arrives at a waste transfer centre, it is sorted. Anything that can be recycled or processed separately to be recycled is removed. Anything that remains, along with general household refuse is carefully collated. Dry waste is shredded and mixed with wetter waste such as household black waste, to ensure the perfect calorific value for burning, before being neatly baled and wrapped. This is called Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
What happens to RDF once it is prepared?
Once baled RDF is loaded onto articulated lorries and due to the lack of UK incinerators is then sent to Europe. There the bales are put to good use, burnt in large incinerators. The energy is captured and converted into electricity, powering towns and cities across the nation.