Energy Recovery Facilities (ERF) Frequently Asked Questions
How visible will the Resource Recovery Centre be from surrounding properties?
A full landscape and visual impact assessment was completed as part of the planning application that was approved by the planning authority.Other factors which were considered as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment included traffic, noise, odours, air quality and emissions, environmental and health protection,...
Is the recycling removed before the waste is taken to an ERF?
Each of the boroughs operates a separate recycling collection service for municipal waste. Once the recycling has been collected the remaining residual ‘black bag’ waste will be the source of feed stock for the ERF. Waste arriving at the facility will be regularly checked to ensure it is meeting the...
What is an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)?
An ERF is a small power station that uses non-hazardous residual (post-recycling) waste as fuel. There are around 24 facilities already operating in the UK and hundreds more across Europe. For more information on ERFs click here.
How safe are ERFs and are there any health risks?
The technology is modern, safe and proven. Viridor currently operates seven ERFs in the UK, with four under construction. Across Europe, there are more than 400 ERFs in operation. A recently published Health and Protection Agency report stated that 'modern, well managed incinerators make only a small contribution to...
Do ERFs produce emissions?
The process is extremely efficient, robust and safe. Emissions are treated to meet required standards under the stringent European Industrial Emissions Directive, which is strictly enforced and monitored by the Environment Agency. A recently published Health Protection Agency report stated that 'modern, well-managed...
How does an ERF work?
Energy recovery facilities use a technology that sees waste burned at high temperatures under carefully controlled conditions. The process is extremely sufficient, robust and safe. Emissions are treated to meet required standards under the stringent European Industrial Emissions Directive, which is strictly enforced...
How many times a year will external assessors come and check the content of the emissions from the chimney?
The Environment Agency will carry out a continued assessment of plant operations and its environmental performance. This will include regular site inspections. As well as making spot checks once a year, independent routine monitoring of emissions from the ERF plant is instigated by the Environment Agency. We will be...
Do you accept soils at Beddington Landfill? If so what are the upper limits of the chemical analysis that you accept for both non contaminated and contaminated.
Please contact us here if you have any questions about our landfill business.