Biffa buys PHS waste division for £2.5m

Biffa has bought the commercial waste business of PHS All Clear, which manages clinical and medical waste, for £2.5 million. Known as PHS Wastetech, it currently provides commercial waste management services across a 12,000-strong customer base. Biffa said the deal will bring four new operating locations under its control and will allow the firm to […]

GDF SUEZ Energy UK buys power from waste plant

The UK subsidiary of French firm GDF SUEZ has signed a deal to buy electricity from an energy-from-waste facility. The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SITA UK is for electricity produced from a 34MW waste-to-energy facility which is set to be built at Severnside in South Gloucestershire. It will produce enough energy to power […]

Green light for £85m waste-to-energy plant

An £85 million energy from waste power plant in east Belfast has been given the go-ahead by the Government. Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace will use the new facility to convert 120,000 tonnes of non-recyclable commercial and industrial waste into electricity and heat. It will be done through the gasification process which heats the waste […]

London’s ‘first’ waste to heat network goes live

An energy from waste heating network, said to be the first in London, was officially launched on Friday. Called the South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP), the £7 million facility in Deptford – operated by Veolia Environment – will be used to provide heating and hot water to 2,500 homes in Bermondsey, Southwark. […]

Bids invited for innovative low carbon heating networks

Local authorities in England and Wales are being invited to bring forward innovative proposals to develop low carbon heating and cooling networks and bid for their share of a £6 million fund. The Government is launching the grant scheme for technologies that draw heat energy “as much as possible” from renewable, sustainable or recoverable sources […]

Southwark Council ‘first’ in London to use waste to heat homes

Householders in a London borough will soon have their heating and hot water generated from an energy from waste facility under a new scheme announced today. Southwark Council has teamed up with its recycling and waste partner Veolia Environmental Services and launched a £7 million heating network which it claims is the “first of its […]

Go on, give us your waste!

It sounds like an odd request – but researchers in Birmingham want businesses and manufacturers to send them their waste. Whether it’s food and agricultural waste, sewage sludge, manure, wood materials or tall oil from pulp industry, the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University wants it. The researchers are testing new bioenergy technology […]

Irish energy from waste plant approved

Planning permission has been granted for an energy from waste plant in Northern Ireland which turns rubbish into gas rather than burning it directly. The Lisburn plant (pictured, artist’s impression) will take 80,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and convert it into a gas with a two-stage heating process. The gas is then burnt to generate […]

‘Asia’s richest man’ buys Dutch waste and energy firm

A Hong Kong billionaire – considered to be the richest person in Asia and the eighth richest in the world according to Forbes – is buying a waste and renewable energy company in the Netherlands for HK$9.7 billion (£805.3m). Four companies controlled by Li Ka-shing (pictured) including Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) entered into an […]

Gazprom Energy inks new power deal with landfill firm

Gazprom Energy today inked a 12 month deal to buy power from a waste-to-energy plant in Scotland. The business energy supplier will buy 10 megawatts of renewable energy from Avondale’s waste landfill site in Polmont, Central Scotland. Avondale generates energy by harvesting methane gas from its Polmont landfill site which handles roughly 450,000 tonnes of […]