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Environmental Performance

Wheelabrator is committed to protecting public health and the environment.

Our facilities use advanced environmental control systems to meet and exceed some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world while safely producing clean, renewable energy for nearby homes and businesses.

We’ve developed, owned and operated waste-to-energy facilities for over 40 years and have a strong track record of providing exceptional long-term operational performance and reliability. Wheelabrator has pioneered many of the advanced environmental control technologies, procedures and applications that now set industry standards.

The process of generating energy from post-recycled waste is governed by strict legislation and emissions regulation to ensure the local environment is protected. The Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) and Wheelabrator North (WKN) facilities will operate within the emission limits set by the European Union under the Waste Incineration Directive, now covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive.

The facilities are designed to minimise dust and odour by holding the facilities under negative air pressure. This ensures that when doors are opened to allow a waste delivery to take place, air will flow into the building, keeping dust and odour inside the facilities. Both Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) and Wheelabrator North (WKN) will be regulated under an Environmental Permit awarded by the Environment Agency (EA), and will fully comply with strict environmental laws.