Aberdeen City Council hosts Energy from Waste conference

Recycling experts gathered in Aberdeen yesterday (21 August) for a conference on the benefits of generating energy from waste.

The event at Woodhill House in Aberdeen featured speakers from as far afield as Denmark, along with contributions from Aberdeen City Council's Waste and Recycling Manager Pete Lawrence, and many others.

The Scottish Government is aiming for 70% of waste to be recycled by 2025, with less than 5% going to landfill. Aberdeen City Council's Waste Strategy aims for the city to be zero waste by 2025.

The experiences from other countries will help inform Aberdeen City Council in its ongoing work towards the establishment of an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.

Aberdeen has led the way with the development of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects in the city, which has provided energy efficient, low-cost heating in 22 multi storey blocks and a number of public buildings throughout the city.

Aberdeen City Council's Zero Waste Sub Committee Convener, Cllr Jean Morrison, said: "This conference represents a great opportunity to share good practice and learn from experience elsewhere and I think the contributions from Denmark in particular will be of interest.

"Aberdeen City Council has a well-established Zero Waste Strategy and we know that sending around two thirds of our household waste to landfill, as happens at the moment, is not a sustainable disposal method.

"It is becoming an increasingly costly option which causes pollution, contributes to climate change and wastes valuable resources."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues