Enva partner for (EMUWC)
11 Dec 2018
Enva is the waste management partner for the East Midlands Universities Waste Consortium (EMUWC), which is comprised of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester.
Waste & recycling performance
In the last academic year, Enva collected and processed over 4400 tonnes of recycling from the EMUWC sites and diverted 99.52% of all the waste collected from landfill. As a result, members are able manage their waste in a responsible and sustainable manner whilst optimising its commercial and environmental value.
The waste and recycling service provided to the EMUWC members is guided by the ‘Waste Hierarchy’, which ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. As a result, our primary focus is always to help members reduce and reuse waste wherever possible. Where waste does arise, Enva has installed a comprehensive recycling system capable of managing a wide range of materials. These include paper, plastic, cardboard and metals as well as food and construction waste. We also provide ad hoc services to recycle material from ‘one off’ projects and developments onsite.
Waste derived fuels
There is however always likely to be a proportion of residual waste. It is important that this waste is managed responsibly in order to protect wildlife and ecosystems; minimise the social impact of landfill sites and reduce the potential for vermin and disease. Residual waste collected from EMUWC is made into either;
Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) – a fossil fuel alternative made from fragments of non-recyclable general waste. The RDF produced by Enva produces is used in Europe for heating and power. Or;
Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) – a high quality product made from residual waste once all useable commodities and contaminants have been removed. SRF generally comprises fibres and fragments of paper, plastics, wood and textiles. SRF is highly calorific, which coupled with its low moisture and chlorine content makes it a great fossil fuel replacement for use in cement kilns within the UK.
Read more about how Enva produces RDF and SRF or watch our video.
A staggering 18 million tonnes of food waste from the UK ends up in landfill every year. Businesses and homes are therefore being encouraged to contribute to a more sustainable economy and divert food waste towards recycling or renewable energy causes. The food waste that we collect is directed to an anaerobic digestion facility where it is used to create soil enhancing digestates along with gas for electricity generation or alternative fuel provision.
Engagement & communication
Our dedicated account management team will continue working with the EMUWC to maintain a proactive and consultative approach designed to further reduce environmental impact and maximise the value of these important secondary resources. Over the course of the year our teams will also deliver targeted engagement and marketing plans to help raise awareness of environmental issues and change behaviour across all the campuses and halls of residence for which we ae responsible.