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Irish clean-tech firm recognised by UK energy and water sectors

NVP Energy, an Irish clean-tech company that has developed an innovative technology that generates revenue from wastewater, has received two prestigious awards from the UK energy and water sectors, alongside a substantial grant from DECC. The firm won the Most Innovative New Technology of the Year award at the Water Industry Achievement Awards in April, and two days later scooped the Innovation Award for Energy from Waste at the Environment & Energy Awards. In addition, NVP Energy has also been formally awarded the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) from DECC, which will support the delivery of a full scale Lt-AD reactor at a UK food and drinks wastewater treatment plant. NVP Energy’s technology, Lt-AD (low temperature anaerobic digestion) treats low strength wastewater in a sustainable way, removing up to 90 per cent of the organic sludge and recovering valuable biogas in the process.

Northern Ireland sends less waste to landfill

Figures reveal that while councils in Northern Ireland collected more waste between October and December 2014 than during the same period in the previous year, the country is sending less waste to landfill. Councils collected 223,000 tonnes of waste in the final quarter of 2014, an increase of two per cent on Q4 in 2013, but the tonnage of local authority collected municipal waste going to landfill was down eight per cent. The reduction has been largely achieved through diverting waste for energy recovery, as well as an increase in the quantity sent for recycling. The Environment Minister for Northern Ireland, Mark H Durkan, said: “Reducing the waste we produce and fully utilising the waste that is produced as a valuable resource will deliver economic and environmental benefits.”

Falkirk residents urged to recycle food waste as four-weekly residual collections loom

Falkirk Council has revealed that 28 per cent of the residual waste it collects still contains food waste. The authority was the first in the UK to move to three-weekly collections for residual waste after fully rolling out the service in March, and will introduce four-weekly collections in 2016. It is on course to divert 9,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, representing a saving of £385,000pa in landfill tax.



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