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Power Rangers - Waste Firms Divert Landfill To Energy

PHS CEO David Taylor-Smith (right) with Viridor's commercial director Paul Ringham.

Washroom services operator, the PHS Group has announced a new partnership with Viridor which will divert customer waste from landfill into power generation.

As part of 'LifeCycle', PHS' sustainable waste management strategy, the new multi-million pound, five year national contract will see PHS managed, non-recyclable waste transformed into energy at Viridor plants across the country.

PHS collects around 65,000 tonnes of hygiene waste from customers, including nappies and sanitary products. If disposed of within landfill, this waste can take more than 500 years to decompose. However, with this new partnership in place, the waste will be treated at Viridor’s energy recovery facilities (ERF), creating low carbon electricity which is sent to the National Grid.

PHS has set an objective to divert up to 95% of its customers’ hygiene waste away from landfill.

David Taylor-Smith, CEO of the PHS Group, said: “Organisations need to be questioning whether they should leave a burden of more than 500 years for every bag of washroom waste they dispose of. Through the LifeCycle strategy, organisations will significantly reduce their impact upon the planet by landfill diversion and energy creation, transforming this burden into a legacy."

 

Mileage

The new Viridor contract will give PHS national cover across its network of sites, significantly reducing the road mileage required to dispose of hygiene waste as well as offering the capacity the business needs to ensure customers’ waste is catered for responsibly.

 

Capacity

Viridor’s ERF operational capacity is now 2.8 million tonnes of waste (including joint venture partners), generating 233MW of electricity per annum. When Avonmouth ERF comes on stream in 2020, this will extend to 3.1 million tonnes and 267MW.

 

Purpose

Paul Ringham, Viridor’s Commercial Director, said: “A key part of Viridor’s relationship with PHS is the emphasis on attaching a purpose to waste which cannot be recycled, putting this residual waste to work in a process which creates low carbon electricity and contributes to UK energy security.”

Picture: PHS CEO David Taylor-Smith (right) with Viridor's commercial director Paul Ringham.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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