How plasma technology can reduce the environmental impact of disposable vapes

Disposable e-cigarettes or vapes are big business, they are also a big problem for the environment. David Deegan of Tetronics suggests a solution that’s...

Negative emissions in North Wales: £200 investment advances CCUS plans in Deeside

Energy-from-waste operator enfinium has announced (on 11 April) it is progressing plans to invest around £200 million in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology...

Brazilian study suggests better ways of managing MSW

Researchers analyzed solutions implemented in four very different Brazilian cities. Based on the results, they propose the creation of a national carbon credit fund...

Partnership aims to install UK-first CCUS pilot plant at EfW facility

Energy-from-Waste (EfW) operator enfinium signed an agreement - on 19 March - with green technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to install the UK’s...

Plasma gasification produces hydrogen-rich syngas from surgical masks

Events of recent years have obviously seen thousands of tons of used surgical masks dumped every month without a real vision of how to...

German CO2 tax will change European waste streams

Commentary from recycling company Geminor The national BEHG tax on CO2 emissions, which is likely to be introduced from the new year, will be imposed...

Reverse osmosis (RO) and electrodeionisation (EDI) system goes live at Surrey EfW plant

An Eco MultiPro reverse osmosis (RO) and electrodeionisation (EDI) system from Envirogen Group is supplying the purified, demineralised water required for Surrey County Council’s...
Biochar

Pyrolysis will convert poultry waste to biochar in major UK carbon removal project

Onnu “will prevent phosphorous run-off and turn a problem into a revenue stream for farmers” Aston University spin-off firm Onnu has announced plans to build...

Reimagining residual waste: EfW key players publish manifesto

A carbon capture and storage scheme at one of Cory's Thameside facilities has the potential to become Europe's largest single-site EfW decarbonisation project. Key energy-from-waste...

Planning permission granted for Sunderland plastics pyrolysis plant

Sunderland City Council has given the go-ahead for a new plant at the Port of Sunderland, creating over 100 permanent jobs and processing plastic...

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling. The figures...
bin bags in a forest

Black bag blues: Does Scotland have enough incineration capacity?

Ongoing uncertainty about Scotland's ability to deal with its own residual waste - once a ban on landfilling biodegradeable material takes effect on 1 January 2026 - has prompted soul-searching north of the border, and an extensive contemplation of the appropriate role that incineration should play in the waste hierarchy. Envirotec reports.
Wood pulp

Kindling a revolution?

Finding a way to do something more interesting with woody biomass - other than just burning it - is a long-standing grail for biotechnology research. A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin has tremendous potential as a source of renewable energy and materials.

Portugal power-to-liquid project makes sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from municipal waste-derived CO2

One of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe could be implemented at an Energy Recovery Plant near Porto. Deploying a seemingly innovative...

Firm converts scrap vehicle waste into renewable energy

A seemingly ground-breaking solution allows hard-to-recycle automotive shredder residue (ASR) to be used to deliver renewable energy and reduce waste-to-landfill. End-of-life vehicles processor Recycling Lives...

EU Waste Shipment Regulation should not incentivise landfills capacity

A trade group comprising European suppliers of waste-to-energy technology, ESWET, has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to revise the waste shipment regulation to reduce...

A new waste market is taking shape in Europe, following COVID-19, says recovery firm

Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO of resource recovery specialist Geminor, writes Despite the recent flare-up of the COVID-pandemic in Europe, a number of countries are reporting a...
Reactor tanks

The dead zone

Mikael Khan of environmental consultancy Aqua Enviro, offers a few thoughts on maximising AD plant efficiency and revenues by interrogating mixing performance in reactor tanks.
Black carbon

Short-lived pollutants side event

The World Biogas Association (WBA) is hosting an official side event in the Blue Zone at COP26, exploring the influence of pollutants like black carbon. The UN organisation received 1,110 applications for 240 slots, to host these side events.
Drax power plant

Adding fuel to the fire?

A report from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) seems to strengthen the case against Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), currently a key ingredient of the UK government's climate plan.