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Hospital turns rubbish into energy

22 February 2012

Environment

Since the beginning of the year, Southend University Hospital has been recycling its waste into energy and is now 100% ‘landfill free’ – with absolutely nothing going to landfill sites.

Over the past two and a half years, the hospital has been working in partnership with Cory Environmental which deals with its residual and recycling contracts. During this time Cory Environmental has been building an energy recovery plant, which uses waste as a source of energy.

Thousands of tonnes of material are processed each year. Cardboard, cans, cooking oil, plastics and other materials are sorted to be re-used and recycled, diverting waste from landfill. The plant uses the leftover waste to produce steam and generate electricity, which is then sold to the national grid.

The hospital is currently in the process of negotiating an extension to the contract, which encompasses the use of the new facility and disposal techniques. The process is very cost-effective since the hospital no longer needs to pay any landfill tax and also receives carbon credits.

Daniel Dallas, the hospital's environment waste manager said: "We are looking to move towards a more sustainable way of disposal for the future and Cory provides an environmentally friendly process which avoids using landfill sites."

Nigel O'Dell, Cory's local Contract Manager said: "We are delighted to be helpingSouthendUniversityHospitaland other organisations in the area to see their waste as a resource to generate electricity and to save money in the process."