Hampshire leads race to be first zero waste county

Hampshire is poised to be become the first UK county council to achieve zero waste to landfill following the opening of a solid recovery fuel (SRF) facility.

Hampshire is already leading the pack when it comes to best performing counties for diverting waste from landfill but the commissioning of the Veolia facility will take the county to a 94% diversion rate.

The Warren Farm facility, near Fareham, will handle bulky materials from the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) network that currently go to landfill, as well as some commercial waste.

The construction of the facility signals Hampshire’s intent to achieve zero household waste to landfill.

The county has a collective recycling rate of more than 37% and the remaining 53% of non-recyclable waste is used to generate electricity at one of the county’s three energy recovery facilities (ERF).

Four per cent of bulky waste will now be diverted with the new SRF, leaving just 6% of waste going to landfill.

Veolia Environmental Services CEO Estelle Brachlianoff said: “This new facility at Warren Farm shows that Veolia is innovating … At the moment this is a trial, but we believe this will help lead Hampshire closer to zero waste to landfill.”

Conor McGlone

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