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Landfill reduced as Recycling Lives converts scrap vehicle waste into renewable energy

Recycling Lives, the UK’s largest end-of-life vehicles processor, is developing a ground-breaking solution that uses hard-to-recycle automotive shredder residue (ASR) to deliver renewable energy and reduce waste-to-landfill.

 

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It is part of this broader model for the business creating opportunities for generating energy to run site operations and green hydrogen to power emission-free vehicles, alongside re-tasking batteries from end-of-life electric vehicles (EV) for re-use, e.g. for energy storage.

This innovative process is one of a series of case studies published by Make UK, the manufacturer’s organisation to coincide with COP 26. Recycling Lives produced the case study in partnership with Connected Energy, an SME that designs and operates second-life EV battery storage systems.

CEO Gerry Marshall says:

“Recycling Lives has long had an embedded ethos which is to improve society and help reduce environmental damage. This model, sets the scene for a sector transformation away from traditional recycling methods, towards a more innovative approach.”

Ferrous material from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) is already recovered along with other valuable non-ferrous metals, but the ASR that remains is usually destined for landfill.
Recycling Lives plans to reduce the amount of ASR that goes to landfill by diverting clean and graded material through thermal treatment technologies to generate energy at its 15-acre Recycling Park in Preston, an Authorised Treatment Facility.

Advanced thermal decomposition converts ASR waste into energy and generates by-products (char and combustible syngas). Char can be used to create green hydrogen, while residual char may be applied as a soil modifier, and ash as construction sector aggregate.

Recycling Lives has been trialling an innovative thermal treatment plant, with the aim of having a production model operational in 2022. Amongst other uses, the energy could potentially fuel the latest generation of emission-free vehicles and power site operations.
The final stage of the model will see banks of repurposed batteries from electric vehicles used to store renewable energy produced by the process, and power the purpose-built EV depollution facility at the Recycling Park.

Gerry Marshall, CEO of Recycling Lives adds:

“Our new enhanced business model will make the company’s overall process cycle greener and more energy-efficient. We have a long term aspiration to reduce landfill significantly through the ASR recycling solution.

“This circular economy solution will extract maximum value from ELVs, reducing waste and producing power and green hydrogen, benefiting the wider community and the environment.

“Recycling Lives has used its commercial operations in recycling and waste management to create a business model that supports and sustains charity programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution to deliver substantial social value. We are now turning a problem into a positive solution because ASR destined for landfill will instead generate energy, fuels and useful products at the same time saving on landfill levies and the negative environmental impact of landfill.”

See the Make UK case study at www.makeuk.org/services/net-zero-hub

For more information see www.recyclinglives.com

Source www.recyclinglives.com/news/general

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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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