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Waste Management

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have invested in plants compliant with the European Union waste incineration directive for the burning of recovered fuel oil. [HL97]

In England and Wales, six out of 126 plants regulated by the Environment Agency, or 5 per cent of waste incineration directive (WID) compliant plants, are permitted to receive recovered fuel oil (RFO) for use as a fuel. The plants using RFO are: four sewage sludge incinerators, one clinical waste incinerator and one hazardous waste incinerator. RFO is usually used as a support fuel to maintain furnace temperatures if waste burning does not remain self-sufficient. It would be very unusual for any of these plants to continue to burn RFO for prolonged periods.