Energy from Waste
Introducing the Energy from Waste Facility in Exeter
Devon County Council is one of the top performing counties for recycling in England. Continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle waste is a priority for the authority. However, even after extensive recycling activity, and the ‘Don’t let Devon go to waste’ campaign, there will always be a proportion of waste left over that can’t be recycled, reused or composted. This is known as residual waste and it needs to be dealt with. Devon County Council’s strategy is to use it to create energy, reducing the amount sent to landfill and this is where the EfW plant comes in.
Energy from waste is a mature technology with an established track-record, widely in use across Europe and Scandinavia. It is a clean and safe process that burns waste in a controlled environment to produce steam and electricity – enough to power 5,000 homes in the case of Exeter. Regulated by the Environment Agency, the emissions are constantly monitored to ensure they fall within strict limits.
Check out this video on how the plant works: