Few EfW plants classed as recovery operations

Just ten incinerators in the UK have R1 status under energy efficiency rules set by the EU, although DEFRA argues that many meet the requirements anyway

The now scrapped Norfolk incinerator had R1 status (credit: Cory Wheelabrator)Only a handful of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants across the UK can formally describe themselves as waste recovery operations, ENDS analysis shows.

Incineration is by default considered a disposal operation unless a plant passes an R1 assessment under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). This is based on the type of waste burned, the equipment used and an energy efficiency threshold.

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