Treatment Facilities Diverting Large Percentage of Waste to Landfills reports Roll Off Dumpster Rental
Head of Waste Management states the facilities still in commissioning phase
Despite the company claiming at the time of construction that its plant would divert 75% of waste away the landfill once complete, the reverse appears to be true. However, the Lancashire council sends its waste for treatment by Global Renewables has defended the facility, stating that they are still commissioning phases during the recent years.
The contract for the waste treatment was awarded in 2007 by Lancashire county council and Blackpool. Analysis of the WasteDataFlow exposes that the two plants, Global Renewable in Farington and Thornton, both of which opened in the summer of 2010, sent 73% and 78% of the input from Lancasihre to the landfills in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
A spokesperson for the Global Renewables Lancashire stated that she was unable to comment on the current state of the figures.
The firm is co-owned by shareholders of both Amec and Lend Lease Corporations, which hold an even split of the business.
A Lancashire county council spokesperson confirmed that the cost of sending such waste to landfills was handled by the county, but also stated that it expected the rate of landfill usage to decrease in the coming years.
There have been shown to be noted improvements from the first quarter of 2012/13, as the companies reduced to 54% for the first quarter. This quarter, the company has started production of refuse derived fuel that can be utilized as energy. Still, the amount of waste from the Thornton facility remained at 77% overall.
Steve Scott, who heads the waste management at Lancashire county countil, confirmed to letsrecycle.com that the plants are still within commissioning phases at the time of the statistics being taken. He noted that higher landfill diversion rates are (and were) expected to be seen by 2013/2014.
“Now they're fully up and running and we've had time to fine-tune the treatment processes and refine the products produced we expect to divert well in excess of 60% of waste from landfill during 2013/14. The materials being recovered from the plants are of excellent quality and we've recently secured arrangements for the reprocessing and re-use of significant quantities of materials that have to date gone to landfill.”
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