Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Sustainability

Recovery & Disposal

Waste to energy plant diagram

The final two stages of the Waste Hierarchy RECOVERY and DISPOSAL. Even when items can’t be re-used or recycled, it is still possible to divert waste from landfill.

All the waste leaving campus is sorted further by our contractors, after removing anything recyclable, they create a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) or Solid Refuse Fuel (SRF) from anything that can be incinerated and used to generate energy. Only items not suitable for incineration (and there are strict standards) are sent for disposal to landfill. However, energy recovery through incineration isn’t the best environmental solution, so by increasing the amount we REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE on site we can lower the waste sent for incineration. Currently around 18% of the University’s waste is sent for energy recovery.

The last resort for waste is landfill, and the only items ending up here should be those that cannot be re-used, recycled or recovered.

In Leicestershire, only six years of landfill space is left; by reducing what is sent to landfill from both the University and home, we can help extend the life of this space.

The waste the University sends to landfill costs around £130 per tonne and this cost is increasing by about 10% each year.

 

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