Did you know that our sister company Quercia invested £8 million to develop a material recycling and fuel production facility in Chorley, Lancashire?
The purpose of the facility is to use waste as a resource by extracting valuable materials for recycling and to produce a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) using the remaining residual fraction.
The SRF is baled and sent directly to the cement kilns of cement manufacturer Aalborg Portland in Denmark
Material Recycling in Lancashire
Even businesses that source segregate recyclable material can benefit from this facility as can those who don’t. With some of the latest technology the facility can extract ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as several plastic materials such as HDPE, LDPE, PP and PET. These materials are then sent on to be recycled into new products.
SRF Fuel Production in Lancashire
Once recyclable materials have been extracted the remaining residual fraction is used to produce a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). This is then sent on for use within the cement manufacture process, reducing the requirement for non-renewable fuels. Two tonnes of SRF replace one tonne of petroleum coke with each tonne replaced displacing over 3,375 kg CO2e produced from non-renewable sources.
The resultant ash from SRF is consumed within the cement product, forming a completely closed cycle and reducing the carbon impact of quarrying and transporting higher volumes of natural aggregate resource.