MRW : 40 million tonnes of residual waste “should be going to energy recovery”


Speaking at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ ‘Energy from Waste 2011: Avoid Wasting the Opportunities’ conference, David Massingham said: “We think if you put municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste together, you are looking at something like 100 million tonnes in the UK. Let’s say if you get [a] 60% recycling [rate], there is a residual resource of somewhere around 40 million tonnes of waste that could be going to energy recovery – and we would say, in the current climate, should be going to energy recovery.”

He explained that energy recovery represented a “neat fit” solution to the “trillion euro trilemma”, which he described as the challenge of decarbonising energy production, improving security by deploying more domestic [energy] resources and keeping energy costs affordable.