Press release - May 30, 2009 12:00 AM

New figures from SITA Cornwall show that landfill gas recovered from its landfill sites in the county is producing enough renewable energy to heat and light nearly 13,000 hom

Cornwall's landfills power 13,000 homes

New figures from SITA Cornwall show that landfill gas recovered from its landfill sites in the county is producing enough renewable energy to heat and light nearly 13,000 homes.

SITA Cornwall collects the gas, which is produced as waste breaks down, and uses it to generate electricity at its two landfill sites in the county – Connon Bridge in East Taphouse and United Mines in St Day. Over the past year, a total of 63,000 megawatt hours were provided to the National Grid, which is equivalent to supplying power to all the houses in Falmouth and Penryn. The scheme also saved over 27,000 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere last year, by displacing emissions from fossil fuel generation plants.

Tim Otley, General Manager at SITA Power said: “Using landfill gas to generate electricity is one of the most successful renewable technologies in the UK. The electricity generated at SITA UK’s landfill sites across the country, including Cornwall, represents approximately 3 per cent of the total renewable electricity generated in the UK. The schemes installed on our sites in Cornwall use comprehensive monitoring systems to ensure that the collection of gas is optimised. Without these projects, the energy would be lost as the gas would be burnt in a flare stack”.

Stuart Higgins, Treatment Manager for SITA Cornwall added: ‘‘This is just one example of our commitment to reducing the impact of waste management on the environment and using waste as a resource. Not only does landfill gas utilisation generate renewable energy from the waste we all throw away, it also helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

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