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20th Oct, 2021

Waste plant upgrades help generate energy from rubbish

IMPROVEMENTS made to a Rugby waste plant will see more energy generated from items which would otherwise go to landfill.

And Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visited SUEZ’s Malpass Farm site in Rugby to discuss its increased waste disposal capabilities.

Across the country, Suez handles over 11million tonnes of waste and recyclable materials per year, collected from millions of households and companies.

In Rugby, the vast majority of the residual waste they collect is turned into a solid fuel which powers the nearby Cemex cement plant as an alternative to coal.

Suez also undertakes wider work in terms of waste disposal – and the MP discussed with them the Government’s proposals for reducing waste, including introducing an extended producer responsibility scheme and more consistent collections of waste products.

The changes aim to help protect the environment by ensuring less waste goes to landfill, and instead reused, recycled or recovered for energy production.

Mr Pawsey said: “Reducing the amount of waste we create is a key part of how we will improve our environment, so it was very good to meet with Adam and the team at Malpass Farm in Rugby to find out how their work means less waste going to landfill. The connection between SUEZ at Malpass Farm and CEMEX just down the road is a great example of how innovative solutions can be found. Using waste by turning it into solid fuel for industrial processes such as cement production both reduces reliance on fossil fuels and prevents waste from ending up in the ground.

“It was also excellent to be able to discuss the improvements made to Malpass Farm, particularly in terms of limiting the impact on local residents. I was also very keen to speak to Adam about the proposals the Government are bringing forward to reduce waste and ensure that more is recycled.”

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