Where rubbish goes
What is energy-from-waste?
Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility, is an energy-from-waste facility that processes waste left after recycling and composting, under carefully-controlled conditions, to recover energy.
The waste is burned at high temperatures and the heat used to make steam, which drives a turbine to generate electricity. The Suffolk energy-from-waste facility became fully operational in December 2014 and uses modern, proven technology to produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes (approximately the same number of homes as in Lowestoft).
Why energy-from-waste in Suffolk?
We are proud of our recycling achievements in this county. Thanks to the efforts of Suffolk residents, we are in the top quartile for recycling in the UK, with over half our household waste recycled and we don’t want to stop there!
Despite our amazing efforts, we are still left with at least 170,000 tonnes of rubbish a each year. This used to be disposed of in landfills across Suffolk, a situation which couldn't go on due to the fact that we were running out of landfill space, it is extremely costly (because of hefty landfill taxes) and more importantly environmentally we wanted to do better.
We needed to find an alternative, and after much research we decided on energy-from-waste, which uses tried and tested technology to provide a greener, cheaper, solution to disposing of the Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility waste left after recycling.
This technology puts the waste to good use as a fuel to generate electricity and contributes to our aim of making Suffolk the greenest county. Over the 25 year life of the contract, it will also be at least £350 million cheaper for council tax payers than continuing to landfill.
If you would like to have a tour of Suffolk's Energy from Waste facility see our Waste Site visits page