Carbon8 Aggregates has signed an eight-year contract with Riverside Resource Recovery to recycle waste Flue Gas Treatment residues (FGTr) from the company’s London-based Energy from Waste facility into award-winning carbon negative aggregates.
The deal, worth in excess of £10 million, will see Carbon8’s newly-expanded plant at Brandon in Suffolk, handle more than 8,000 tonnes of FGTr a year from the RRR operation.
Steve Greig, managing director of Carbon8, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have signed this very significant deal and see it as a huge vote of confidence in both the technology and the facilities that Carbon8 can offer.”
Officially opened in Spring 2012, the Riverside facility at Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley, is Cory Environmental’s single most significant development project, processing 670,000 tonnes of waste from across London. As one of the UK’s leading waste management companies, the company manages more than 3.5 million tonnes of waste and recyclables each year.
Andy Pike, from Cory Environmental said: “Our aim is always to be at the forefront of our industry, embracing new and innovative ideas to ensure we stay competitive and enhance our environmental credentials.
“Carbon8’s solution impressed us on a number of counts. It helps achieve our goal of diverting FGTr from landfill and, by converting the residue into a carbon negative aggregate for the building trade, enables us to know we have the ultimate recycling solution.”
The ability to offer a recycling solution for FGTr comes at a critical time for the EfW sector.
The Environment Agency has already announced that from 2016 it is likely to withdraw the special derogations which currently allow landfill operators to deposit the FGTr into hazardous waste landfill.
As a result says Greig, Carbon8 is seeing increased demand as more and more EfW operators start to recognise that reliance on non-recycling or landfill options for the material can only be regarded as a short term option, and one that will come under increasing scrutiny from the EA with regards to the adoption of the waste hierarchy.
Alongside the RRR contract, other Carbon8 customers include the Lakeside EfW plant at Colnbrook, Berkshire, a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor.
Recently the company invested £1.5m in a second production line, enabling it to treble the amount of FGTr it can process, and expansion plans have been further boosted by an additional multi-million pound investment from Grundon Waste Management, allowing it to press ahead with the development of at least two new plants by December 2015.
Through the use of patented technology, developed by Dr Paula Carey and a team from the University of Greenwich, Carbon8 pioneered the ability to recycle waste FGTr and convert them into award-winning lightweight carbon negative secondary aggregates used by the building trade.
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