The recovery of energy from waste has a major part to play within the waste hierarchy. Once the preferred options of reducing, re-using and recycling waste resources have been exhausted, Fresh Start - Energy GenerationEnergy from Waste (EfW) is one of the best available techniques for recovering residual energy from the waste that remains. Incineration, refuse derived fuel and anaerobic digestion, are all processing routes that avoid landfill and generate power.

Working with specialists in the market, we’ll ensure that 100% of your waste food is directed to anaerobic digestion, where the resulting methane gas is captured, treated and used to generate power. A single tonne of waste food will generate 500 kilowatts of power, enough to light up over 8,000 light bulbs for an hour.

Once you’ve segregated your recyclates, food and wood, you will be left with some residual waste. Fresh Start work hard to explore operational routes that allow this waste to be directed to incineration or used in the production of refuse derived fuel. Used in combined heat and power facilities, these facilities produce electricity and hot water for communal heating systems in local areas.

Compared to land-filling, the lower carbon emissions resulting from this approach to processing waste, far outweigh the emissions associated with transporting the reclaimed fuel.