Energy from waste
Biffa generates energy from contaminated or unrecyclable waste. Energy recovery offers a cost-effective, low-carbon option that contributes to the UK’s energy security.
Converting waste to energy
Although Biffa reuses or recycles the overwhelming majority of the waste we collect, it’s not possible for us to treat all of it. Instead of sending it to landfill, we can use it to generate energy. Energy recovery from waste is important to energy security, providing around 3% of the UK’s electricity needs. It also helps us to enable the circular economy, by decreasing the reliance on exporting waste, while recovering metals and aggregates for recycling from the ashes. The heat generated by the facilities is also be captured and used for district heating schemes and commercial applications.
Energy and biogas
We generate energy in 3 ways
How the process works
Our 'Energy from Waste' plants
Biffa is investing in 2 new, technically advanced Energy from Waste plants:
(1) Newhurst in Leicestershire which just opened in June 2023, and
(2) Protos in Cheshire, scheduled to launch in 2024. These new plants will materially increase our capacity to recover energy, support local infrastructure, and make us more efficient.