Hospital turns rubbish into energy
22 February 2012
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."