Making the most of waste to save more!

NEW FUEL: environmental coordinator Steve Groves and works manager Ashley Bryan with samples of SRF which consists of plastics, packaging materials, paper, wood and other material found in domestic and industrial wastes. Photo contributed.
NEW FUEL: environmental coordinator Steve Groves and works manager Ashley Bryan with samples of SRF which consists of plastics, packaging materials, paper, wood and other material found in domestic and industrial wastes. Photo contributed.

LAFARGE is looking to use a fourth waste-derived material as fuel at its Hope Works.

The firm is to apply to the Environment Agency to use solid recovered fuel in addition to tyre chips, meat and bone meal and processed sewage pellets.

Hope Works manager Ashley Bryan said: “Waste-derived fuels are a fantastic success story for Lafarge. At a time when we are dealing with a turbulent market, and continually escalating costs, these fuels offer us an all-round solution.”

“What we offer is a route to use this material in a very positive way, gaining valuable energy from a waste and helping reduce our carbon footprint and energy bill at the same time.”

He said the move would help them retain their competitive position in a challenging market.

The company is consulting with the local community to find out people’s views. A newsletter has been sent out and an exhibition is to be held at the company’s Social Club, on Friday February 24 from 4pm-7pm and Saturday February 25 from 10am-noon

The Club has its own turning off Pindale Road and its own car park.

If given the go-ahead, the new fuel could save up to 24,000 tonnes of coal each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30,000 tonnes.