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Veolia UK expands annual capacity with Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility opening

Veolia UK Ltd, a subsidiary of global resource management major Veolia Group, has highlighted its commitment to recycling and renewable biomass energy in the UK. With a key focus on increasing sustainability and backing the drive to net-zero carbon, the company has expanded wood recycling and processing capacity by 50 000 tonnes per year with the opening of its Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility, adding to the 410 000 tonnes of waste wood already processed by Veolia each year. 

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With the opening of its Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility, Veolia UK Ltd has expanded its annual UK wood recycling and processing capacity by 50 000 tonnes adding to the 410 000 tonnes already processed (photo courtesy Veolia UK).

The new Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility in Runcorn, Cheshire, will feed wide-ranging wood recycling operations, and help supply the company’s renewable energy generation. The facility is designed to support the treatment of wood waste from Merseyside, and enable around 80 percent to have a second life as flooring, furniture, worktops, and other particle board applications.

High-grade wood is also processed by Veolia for bedding products for the equestrian industry, poultry, and dairy farms, and other products as diverse as spillage absorbents, fibreboard, filtration systems, packaging, and paint filler.

Lower-grade material is sent to Veolia’s biomass energy sites which supply renewable electricity and heat that supports industry, healthcare, and around 8 000 residents connected to carbon zero district heating schemes.

To decarbonise our future and protect our planet we know it is essential to act now. We are continually developing our recycling and renewable energy services, and the opening of this new site highlights our commitment to boost sustainability and cut the financial and environmental costs of wasting these materials. By giving this material a new use or transforming it into renewable energy we can cut our carbon emissions, reduce landfills and help the UK reach its net zero carbon target, said Gavin Graveson, EVP Veolia UK and Ireland.

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