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The UK recycling rate for ‘waste from households’ was 44.3 per cent in 2015, falling from 44.9 per cent in 2014. This is the first time the rate has fallen since it began in 2010, though the 2015 figure still represents the second highest annual value on record. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

The council has begun reviewing waste collection services in bid to reduce landfill in Lisburn and Castlereagh by undertaking “a strategic and comprehensive review” of its kerbside household waste collection services. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs report for the period October – December 2016 reveals that Lisburn and Castlereagh had the highest household landfill rate (57.2 per cent) among Northern Ireland’s 11 council areas – an increase of 3.1 percentage points on the October to December 2015 rate. Household waste can be a reliable and cost-effective source of power generation. This will not only streamline the waste management issue but also serve as an economical resource to generate energy.

Managing said landfills and ensuring they arrive to the correct waste treatment facilities can be key in producing energy. Different waste should be treated accordingly. With its innovative technology, REWS offers a unique pyrolysis (high-temperature thermal treatment) system which is cleaner, more efficient and more profitable than other technologies in the market. Our plants can process a range of waste types such as municipal, industrial and medical waste, and output fuels including solid fuel, bio-coal, liquid gas and syngas.

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