The way we dispose of waste is changing! Introducing the Printwaste Waste to Energy service!

What is Waste-to-Energy?

Waste-to-Energy is the energy recovery of waste that can’t be re-used, reduced or recycled. The process is a hygienic, cost effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly way of handling waste material. Using this process, waste is transformed into a renewable energy source i.e. electricity and heat.

  In 2016, Printwaste helped produce approx. 814,450 kWh of electricity through our Waste-to-Energy service!

Find out more about what we recycle and where it goes...


Waste recycling


Glass recycling


Plastic recycling

Cans & Plastic Bottles

Business recycling

Vending Cups

Commercial waste recycling


Electronic waste

Recycle Printer Cartridges

Waste disposal


Recycling landfill

Wood & Pallet

Electronic waste


Commercial recycling

Fluorescent Tubes

How does Waste-to-Energy Impact the Environment?

To align with our company policy, it’s been our mission to send zero waste to landfill. With the introduction of our Waste-to-Energy service, this is now possible, bringing the following environmental and commercial benefits:
  • Sustainability - Reduces the volume of waste being disposed at UK landfill sites, 384,000 tonnes reportedly annually sent to landfill, reducing the need for more landfill sites to be created, protecting land and the environment
  • Less pollution - Reduces greenhouse gases and pollution caused by landfill waste
  • Emissions are carefully controlled – Waste incinerators don’t produce carbon emissions unlike landfill waste - Emissions from waste incinerators are cleaned using a sophisticated air-pollution control (APC) system before it is released in the atmosphere.
  • More renewable sources - Increases the sustainability and energy security of renewable sources i.e. electricity
  • Reduces carbon emissions - Contributes towards reducing carbon emissions that are produced from landfill waste

How it benefits your business:

  1. It's a cost-effective option which minimises your exposure to continually increasing Landfill Tax
  2. Helps enhance the environmental and sustainability credentials of businesses - a great CSR tool!
  3. Helps organisations meet their landfill diversion targets and avoid significant fines resulting from non-compliance

How the process works?

Incineration – Under controlled conditions, energy is generated through ‘incineration’. At high temperatures, around 1,000°C, non-recyclable or non-reusable waste is burnt, producing steam that drives turbines, resulting in electricity generation. Surplus supplies are fed through to the national grid.