O.C.O Technology signs multi-million-pound APCr recycling deal with Covanta
Technology has signed a multi-million-pound contract to recycle Air Pollution
Control residues (APCr) from two new Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) being operated
agreement will see O.C.O take significant tonnage of APCr per year from the two
facilities; using its pioneering Accelerated Carbonation Technology (ACT) to turn the waste into a
highly sought-after carbon negative aggregate – known as Manufactured LimeStone (M-LS).
process enables the permanent
capture of CO2 and ensures the ERF operations can meet their zero waste to landfill
O.C.O’s new Legal and Commercial Manager, who has been leading the negotiations,
says the agreement marks another major milestone in the growth of O.C.O.
“We are delighted
that the partnership with Covanta has recognised the huge potential our
technology offers for both APCr recycling and safe and sustainable carbon
capture,” she said.
the faith that the waste sector has in O.C.O’s abilities to make a tangible
difference to the way APCr is managed and enables us to invest further in
expanding our network of facilities.”
completion in 2023, the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility, a project
partnership between Covanta and Biffa, near Shepshed,
Leicestershire, will provide sustainable treatment facilities for up
to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste per year and will
generate up to 42 megawatts of low carbon energy – enough to power around
Construction is also under way on the
new Protos Energy Recovery
Facility, near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, also a Covanta and Biffa project
partnership, that will provide 400,000 tonnes of annual treatment capacity for
non-recyclable waste. It is expected to generate up to 49 megawatts of
electricity – enough to power 90,000 UK homes.
An estimated 14,000
tonnes of APCr will come out of the Newhurst site and a further 17,000 tonnes
from Protos; with treatment taking place at O.C.O’s existing operational
facilities, including its plant in Leeds, as well as the new O.C.O facility to
be constructed in Norfolk.
The ACT process treats
APCr with carbon dioxide gas to enable
the permanent capture of significant
amounts of CO2, turning it into the world’s first carbon negative artificial aggregate
for use within the construction and civil engineering sectors
Andrew Howie, Commercial Director at
Covanta Europe, said: “We are delighted to be working with O.C.O, their world
leading technology provides a sustainable and carbon neutral solution to help
us recycle the APCr residues. O.C.O’s process creates a carbon negative product
for aggregate supply that supports Covanta’s active engagement in the circular
A qualified lawyer, Lizzie joined
O.C.O in mid-2021 with a strong track record in the aggregates and waste
management sectors. Having spent 25 years working in-house with Hanson
Aggregates and Renewi (formerly Shanks Waste Management), she set up her own
consultancy service in 2014 and has been advising O.C.O on APCr management
contracts for the last 8 years.
She joined the team full-time last April and says: “Having worked within both these sectors, I can see that the work O.C.O is doing to promote sustainability and the circular economy is truly ground-breaking.
“The benefits of O.C.O’s technology in terms of permanent carbon capture and reducing the impact of CO2 is enormous and I am very encouraged by the way the waste sector is embracing the opportunity for change.”