Veolia has strengthened its commitment to recycling and renewable biomass energy by expanding its wood recycling and processing capacity by 50,000 tonnes a year from the current 410,000 tonnes.
The company’s new Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility should boost sustainability through increased recycling and supporting renewable energy and focus on increasing sustainability and backing the drive to net-zero carbon in the UK. The processing site will feed wide-ranging waste wood recycling operations, and help to supply the company’s renewable energy generation.
The facility is designed to support the treatment of wood waste from the Merseyside region to give around 80 per cent of it a second life as flooring, furniture, worktops and other particleboard uses.
High-grade wood is also processed by Veolia for bedding products for the equestrian industry, poultry and dairy farms, and other products as diverse as spillage absorbents, fibreboard, filtration systems, packaging and paint filler.
Lower-grade wood is sent to Veolia’s biomass energy sites, which supply renewable electricity and heat that supports industry, healthcare, and about 8,000 residents connected to carbon-zero district heating schemes. Veolia estimates that its renewable biomass energy operations have saved over 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the past four years.
Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s executive vice-president of UK and Ireland, said: “To decarbonise our future and protect our planet we know it is essential to act now. We are continually developing our recycling and renewable energy services, and the opening of this new site highlights our commitment to boost sustainability and cut the financial and environmental costs of wasting these materials.
"By giving this material a new use or transforming it into renewable energy we can cut our carbon emissions, reduce landfill and help the UK reach its net zero-carbon target.”
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