SRF facility gets environmental permit

Waste management company SITA UK has been given an environmental permit for its planned Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) manufacturing facility in Rugby, central England.

On 10 June, the environment agency published its draft decision to award the permit to the facility, currently under construction, at a site called Malpass Farm.

A final decision will be issued following a one-month public consultation. The plant would process mainly industrial and commercial waste, as well as some household waste, to produce SRF that can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels in the manufacture of cement.

SITA will build the facility, which has already received the necessary planning approvals, next to a large cement factory owned by CEMEX. There has been a cement plant on the site for more than 150 years, but co-firing with waste only started in 2007.

SITA signed a deal to supply the cement makerwith SRF in 2012. The waste firm currently sends SRF from a facility in Birmingham, opened last year, to the plant. The opening of the second facility will bring the total amount of SRF produced and supplied to the plant to 250,000 tonnes a year. The cement plant currently uses 65% SRF alongside fossil fuel to make cement, with the new facility it hopes to increase this up to 80%

Saxlund International Ltd have designed and supplied many systems to handle various types of non free flowing alternative fuels these include, SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel), RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) and other granular materials.