The processes by which some waste products like metal and untreated wood are recycled are obvious enough, but as Alchem (Merseyside) Ltd strives towards 100% recycling of your waste, we are always working to find new and innovative ways to put more difficult waste materials to productive use. Remember our motto: Waste today, fuel tomorrow!
Working with our partners, we are sending increasing quantities of waste material to be turned into refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF).
Plastics and biodegradable materials from domestic and business waste are shredded to produce RDF, which is burned at recovery facilities to produce electricity and hot water for communal heating systems in the UK and Europe. Paper, card, wood, textiles and plastic all go into SRF - a high quality alternative to fossil fuels which is processed to increase its calorific value and is burned in cement kilns.
Despite the costs of transport, converting waste into RDF and SRF often works out cheaper than sending it to landfill. And better still, using your waste materials in this efficient way reduces the emissions of air pollutants that are causing climate change, because it is burnt cleanly to maximise energy extraction.
And here at Alchem (Merseyside) Ltd, we are practising what we preach with our own wormery, at which a hungry little army of 5,000 worm helpers chomps its way through up to six tonnes of decaying food waste a year, converting it into excellent garden compost. Even our staff’s lunchtime leftovers are recycled to help the environment.