The UK has a target to recycle at least 50% of its household waste by 2020. By maximising the amount of material that we recycle we are able to reduce the pressure on the earth’s limited natural resources and ensure that these resources are not lost forever.
Generating high quality recycled material will enable us to build more secondary resources into increasingly sustainable supply chains. To optimise the commercial and environmental value it is vital that we are able to maintain markets for the recycled material we produce. In order to do this, we ensure that we focus on quality not just the quantity of materials throughout our recycling processes.
Reducing waste to landfill ensures that we are not losing valuable secondary resources forever. It also prevents the production of harmful greenhouse gases such as methane, which is roughly 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. By recycling as much waste and possible and using the material that can’t be recycle in the generation of sustainable energy we can play an important role in helping the UK meet its target to reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35% of the 1995 baseline by 2020.
The 2008 Climate Change Act sets out a legally binding target to cut at least 85% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (against a 1990 baseline). In addition, the UK also has a legally-binding target of achieving 15% of its total energy (electricity, heat, transport) from renewables by 2020.
The utilisation of waste derived fuels enables energy producers and energy intensive industries to offset a significant proportion of their traditional fossil fuel consumption. Use of these fuels serves to lower emissions of greenhouse gases as the balance of carbon released is considered neutral. They also have the associated benefit of reducing emissions that would have resulted from disposal of this material in landfill.
We believe that there is a lot more that can be done to further offset the use of rapidly depleting fossil fuel stocks and ensure greater energy security for the future.
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