Advanced thermal treatment
Any waste remaining which is not recyclable or compostable is used as a fuel for an advanced thermal treatment (ATT) plant. The ATT process does not combust the residual waste but instead transforms it into a gas (synthesis gas or syngas), which in turn is combusted to generate high temperature steam which creates renewable electricity in a turbine.
The advanced thermal treatment capacity is 93,600 tonnes per year.
Through anaerobic digestion and advanced thermal treatment technologies, the facility will export around 5.8MW of electricity to the National Grid per year - which is enough energy to power the equivalent of around 11,000 homes - similar to the number of households in Wolverton and Newport Pagnell combined.
Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park complies with European legislation which imposes strict emission limits.
Waste management facilities are strictly regulated by the Environment Agency. In addition to continuous monitoring of emissions, the Agency regularly and independently checks and monitors the facility.
Advanced thermal treatment facilities such as Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park are more strictly regulated than most other processes, including coalfired and gas-fired power stations.
Advanced thermal treatment technology produces less emissions than conventional energy from waste plants.