Your commercial waste is creating energy… Here’s how!

Running waste disposal sites across Dorset and Somerset is just one of the elements we deal with at Commercial Recycling. In fact, our job is much more than just ‘rubbish’… In many cases, we recycle and recover waste to create energy and other products too. This helps us to reach our goal of ‘zero waste to landfill’.

Read on to discover three of the ways that we strive to achieve this.

EfW (Energy from Waste)

By using processes such as incineration, we can turn your waste into usable energy for the national grid. This means that instead of your commercial waste sitting in a landfill for years to come, we use it to create power directly for local homes and businesses.

In fact, a single tin can will power a TV for up to 3 hours if recycled for EfW!

RDF (Residual Derived Fuels)

This energy source is another method for allowing commercial waste and industrial waste materials to be turned into energy. Essentially, electricity, heat and other forms of energy can be generated from waste that is produced by your business.

We all know by now that existing energy sources (such as fossil fuels) are not infinite – eventually, we will need new power sources. Additionally, we are more aware of the effects that certain sources of energy can have on the environment with regards to climate change. Utilising waste that would otherwise sit in landfills and be harmful to the environment, renewable energy is a great step towards a greener future.

Which waste types can be turned into RDFs?

  • Biodegradable materials
  • Plastics

Glass and metal materials cannot be utilised in this process.

Gasification / Pyrolysis

Sounds pretty scientific right? We’ll try and explain it simply for you…

Gasification and Pyrolysis are important processes that are used to decompose materials. Whilst they are similar, there are differences between them in the way the process is carried out. Pyrolysis uses no oxygen and Gasification is used when there is a presence of a small amount of oxygen.

Paralysis, in particular, is a great step towards ‘greener’ energy, as the less oxygen that is present, the less heat is needed to produce the energy.

With both methods, the end product is similar. They each create Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen gas, with the addition of water vapour for Gasification.

We’re more than just a waste disposal company

As mentioned above, we strive towards a ‘zero waste to landfill’ goal. We regularly invest in technologies to produce cleaner energy, to benefit our local environment, and to utilise the waste you tip with us in the best ways possible.

Here are some facts about our waste disposal:

  • We receive and process up to 93,656 tonnes of waste per year!
  • Up to 90.5% of the waste we receive is diverted from landfill.
  • Each year we have recycled up to 203,704.37 tonnes of inert waste into aggregates.
  • Last year we safely processed 826.46 tonnes of hazardous waste.

When you dispose of waste with us, you’re making a difference too

The first step to helping us to create energy from waste is to dispose of your waste properly, we accept a range of waste types which we then work carefully to segregate. You can read more about the waste management process in a blog post of ours here.

Commercial waste types we accept:

The staff at Commercial Recycling are available during office hours Monday – Friday & Saturday mornings to answer questions relating to waste disposal and to provide information on our recycling sites near Wimborne, Shepton Mallet and Wincanton.

To get in touch, please call 01202 331560 or email enquiries@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

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