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Waste-to-energy pros and cons

Waste-to-energy pros and consIt makes a lot of sense using waste-to-energy however, it's worth considering the disadvantages too. Read on and make up your own mind.

Advantages of waste-to-energy

  • The majority of waste that would normally go into landfill sites can be re-used
  • The fuel is obtainable cheaply
  • There will always be a reliable source of fuel as people will always have waste
  • Current landfill sites can be mined out and the landfill material used as fuel

Disadvantages of waste-to-energy

  • The public at large is still unconvinced that emissions from waste-to-energy plants are clean and free from harmful chemicals
  • Waste-to-energy facilities are expensive to construct (but so are landfill sites)

Waste-to-energy in the UK

At the moment there are 13 waste-to-energy plants in the UK but this number is increasing all the time as the UK is forecast to run out of landfill space by 2020.

The largest waste-to-energy plant is called Allington Quarry and is located in Kent. Currently it sorts 500,000 tonnes of household waste per year into 65,000 tonnes of recycling and rubbish than can be converted into energy. Each year Allington Quarry creates enough power for 120,000 homes.

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