Step 4: recover leftover value.
There is still waste left over after communities have reduced, reused and recycled as much as possible, but then the next step is to recover the materials that have ended up in the wrong bin through our ‘MBT’ system at Waterbeach.
What we want to do next is recover the energy in any materials that can't be recycled. This way the non-recyclable (black bag) waste can be put to good use rather than being sent directly to landfill.
We hope to gain permission to build an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Waterbeach which will use the non-recyclable waste as a fuel to heat up water to make steam, which will power a steam turbine to produce electricity and/or supply a local district heating network. You can find out more about the Energy from Waste proposals here.