The new facility, in Suffolk, UK, will be able to generate electricity for the equivalent of 30,000 households, the company says.
In October 2010, Suez environnement signed a 25-year contract to manage Suffolk County Council’s residual household waste. The contract, worth £1 billion ($1.6 billion), is to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste facility. The firm says it has invested £180 million ($279 million) in the construction of the new facility.
The center currently processes 1,000 metric tons of waste per day, and since December 2014, over 134,000 metric tons of waste have been processed and used to produce 87,654 MW hours of electricity.
Nothing goes to waste on the site: 4,409 metric tons of metal have been recycled and 23,711 metric tons of ash, produced in the energy production process, have been used as aggregates in local building projects.
A Babcock & Wilcox waste-to-energy facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, that came online earlier this month will provide power for about 44,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste each year, the company says. This will reduce reliance on the landfill by up to 90 percent, while also recycling an estimated 27,000 tons of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals annually.