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UK wood waste scheme to produce renewable energy

16 Dec 2008

Thousands of tonnes of waste wood are be used as a bio-fuel at a renewable energy plant through a local government initiative in Northamptonshire, UK.

At least 12,000 tonnes a year of waste wood, including MDF, chipboard and off-cuts will be collected at the county’s ten household waste recycling centres and used to produce electricity.

This initiative will have many advantages, such as providing a secure outlet for waste wood, increasing landfill diversion which in turn reduces landfill tax costs and contributing towards the UK’s proposed target of 15 per cent renewable energy by 2020, according to a statement.

Cllr Ben Smith, the county council’s cabinet member for environment and growth, said, ‘What this project does is ensure that the county council is making significant steps into reducing the amount of waste which is sent to landfill.

‘Not only that, this waste wood will be used to produce renewable energy, which is better for the environment and makes sound economic sense too,’ he added.

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