Re-Gen Waste has invested £5 million (US$ 6.4 million) in expanding its facility in Newry, Northern Ireland.
The expansion supported 20 construction jobs and will create at least 30 permanent positions when the project is completed next month.
Re-Gen provides mixed dry recycling and municipal solid waste collection and processing services for public authorities and private companies across the island of Ireland and the UK. It also recovers energy from ‘unrecyclable’ household waste that was previously sent to landfill.
The company currently exports over 80 000 tonnes of solid recovered fuel annually to waste-to-energy plants across Europe. With the investment, Re-Gen Waste will be able to manufacture higher calorific value pellets and baled material for the cement and steel industries. This output will be shipped abroad from local ports.
‘This is an incredibly important area of our work, as our throwaway society is generating in excess of 27 million tonnes of mixed household waste per year in the UK alone,’ says managing director Joseph Doherty.
Today, there are more than 2430 waste-to-energy plants in operation worldwide, capable of treating 360 million tonnes of material in one year. Around 410 of these facilities are in Europe. The global WtE market is projected to be worth US$ 42.7 billion (EUR 38.3 billion) by 2024, up from US$ 28.4 billion in 2017.
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