Where does our kerbside waste go? A trip to the Tyseley ERF

by Fiona Adams

Our party consisted of members of the GCSE Group:

  • Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member, Green, Smart and Sustainable City
  • Councillor Claire Spencer
  • Members of Moseley Forum Committee
  • Members of Moseley Society Committee
  • John Newson, who came as a member of the Moseley Society with a special interest in waste management

We were told:

Tyseley is operated at present under a 25 year contract with Birmingham City Council, which began on 17 January 1994. It is due for renewal in 2019.

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Waste has ⅓rd the calorific value of coal, nationally 47% goes to landfill. The plant at Tyseley minimises Birmingham’s use of landfill, saving landfill tax, haulage costs, greenhouse gas emissions, recovering ferrous metal and with the IBA (incinerator bottom ash) being used as construction/road making material.

The make-up of Birmingham’s household waste arriving at Tyseley is investigated on a quarterly basis and there is still a good deal that could be recycled. But the amount of recyclable materials being taken to the Four Ashes plant is increasing, and when the majority of the 106,000 properties served by Redfern Depot moved to wheelie bins at the end of November 2014, the reduction in household waste arriving at Tyseley was noticeable.

We were told how the plant operates, and how the boiler temperature is kept at the required level – by altering the rate at which waste is added and by using fuel oil when necessary. When the free green-waste service was withdrawn the boiler temperature fell as people had added wet green waste to their refuse.

The two streams of refuse are burned at 850°c. There is a separate incinerator for clinical waste where the temperature must reach 1100°c.

We were told about the way dioxins and other dangerous gases are safely removed. Bonfire night is by far the greatest creator of dioxins in the UK. Coal burning, traffic, metal processing, crematoria and garden bonfires all produce dioxins.
Information on emissions is available from the Veolia website at
http://www.veolia.co.uk/environment/performance-data
[although it is very hard to read because of the lack of contrast between some of the text and background. CtrlA highlights it all so you can then read it].

You can download a brochure about the Tyseley ERF at
http://www.veolia.co.uk/our-services/our-services/recycling-and-waste-services/facilities

At present Birmingham recycles 31% of its waste. The current target is 40%. The plant at Four Ashes, Wolverhampton, is a ‘Dirty MRF’ (as opposed to a Wet MRF). MRF= Materials Recycling Facility.

The materials are emptied into a ‘trummel’ – a rotating tunnel which separates out the materials by relative weight. The materials in separated streams enter the ‘picking shed’ where people pick out the items which cannot be recycled. About 5-7% of the material presented by householders for recycling is unsuitable and returned to Tyseley for incineration.

Questions we raised and which we still want answers to include these, but I am sure that others will want to add more:

As a result of this visit I have been asked to:

  1. Arrange a visit to the MRF at Four Ashes
  2. Arrange a visit to the Smurfit Kappa SSK paper recycling facility in Nechells see http://www.smurfitkappa.com/vHome/co-uk/SSK/Pages/Default.aspx
  3. Arrange a public meeting with a speaker who can answer all the questions we have about how and where Birmingham’s recycling is done, and what are the costs and benefits involved. This is something Moseley Forum and Moseley Society has long been seeking but we need to find someone who can answer questions about mixed recycling, glass, paper, food, green waste – and more.

 

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HOLD THE DATE – Weds 11th Feb @ 5.45pm NEXT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EVENT!

We’ll be holding our next event at Kings Heath Primary School and Ward Committee will follow.  Information to be posted later this week about what we’ll be doing but please contact Amelia Murray on 0121 303 6604 or by email: amelia.murray@birmingham.gov.uk to book your space.

A PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION NOTICE FOR MOSELEY (Find out more at meeting!)

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A JOINT PUBLIC MEETING OF

THE MOSELEY FORUM

AND

THE MOSELEY COMMUNITY ALCOHOL PARTNERSHIP

TO DISCUSS ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN MOSELEY

THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY AT 7.30PM

AT THE MOSELEY EXCHANGE,

149 ALCESTER ROAD, B13 8JP

  • The History
  • Progress made by The Moseley Community Alcohol Partnership
  • Next Steps, including a presentation by local Police and City Council Officers about their application for a Public Space Protection Notice 

To register please click here http://bit.ly/1yGK6gG and follow the instructions. 

You can read more about what is involved in a Public Space Protection Notice here http://bit.ly/1KXIeox especially from page 46 onwards.

LITTER SUMMIT 2015

Details from the City Council, please use the email below if you wish to attend.

 

Further to last year’s Litter Summit held on 28th March, it is proposed to hold a further meeting on Tuesday 24thFebruary from 0930 to 1300 hours at Highbury Hall, Moseley.  The focus will be on

Love Our city, Love Our Neighbourhood, Love where we live! 

 

I will be in touch with further details in due course.  In the meantime, please consider whether you would like to attend and send any responses to ann.hyland@birmingham.gov.uk

M&KH Cleaner, Greener, Safer Group Visit Tyseley Incinerator

Have you always wondered what the inside of an incinerator looked like?  Wonder no more!  Helen and Oz the Moseley and Kings Heath Neighbourhood Wardens joined the Moseley and Kings Heath Cleaner, Greener, Safer Environment Group on a field trip last week.  Pictures available on their blog here:

https://mkhnwblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/field-trip-to-tyseley-incinerator/