Each year the Council deals with 120,000 tonnes of controlled waste, the vast majority of which is from households. In treating its waste, the Council's strategy for the future will concentrate on recovering benefit from the waste. This will stem from an integrated waste strategy employing incineration with energy recovery, (as explained below) recycling and composting, with an emphasis on minimising waste directly. The provision of over 100 recycling sites across the borough has been achieved through agreement with a range of organisations who allow the sites on their land and who support recycling initiatives.
Waste To Energy Incinerator - The council has been working closely with Martin Engineering Systems to redevelop the Lister Road incinerator as a new state of the art waste to energy plant It will be capable of incinerating 900,000 tonnes per annum of household and light commercial waste. The heat recovery from incineration will generate enough electrical energy to supply more than 15,000 households in the borough. The plant will encompass the most modern flue gas cleaning systems, bettering the most stringent regulations set by European directives and the recommendations of the Environment Agency.
The council aims to:
Waste can be reduced by: