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Responsible, Reliable and Proven

We are committed to bringing our many years of industry expertise to Wheelabrator Parc Adfer to deliver the highest standards of safety and operational performance. In addition our operations will be monitored within an extremely stringent set of regulations designed to protect our neighbours, staff, suppliers and the environment.

Learn more about our environmental work

Energy Recovery Process

Post-recycled waste is sourced from the five counties that make up North Wales and represent the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project. Parc Adfer is only permitted to use waste that is not suitable for recycling and that would otherwise be sent to landfill or exported to European waste-to-energy plants.

Learn more about the non-recyclable waste process

How Waste-To-Energy Works

Waste-to-energy is recognised as having an important role in the reduction of greenhouse gases both through reduced emissions of landfill methane and offset of power generation from fossil fuels. In addition Wheelabrator Parc Adfer recycles the ash for use in aggregates and recover metals for recycling. Modern waste-to-energy facilities safely and effectively convert heterogeneous waste materials into renewable energy and useful by-products, while sustainably powering communities and protecting the environment.

  1. Combustion

    The waste material moves through a thermal (heating) process, where temperatures exceed 1110°C

  2. High Pressure Steam

    Heat from the combustion process heats water in boiler tubes to create high-pressure steam

  3. Electricity Production

    Plant turbines generate electricity that is sold to the National Grid Network to power homes and businesses

  4. Metals Recovery

    Additional metals are removed from the ash, which are sold and recycled into new products.

  5. Ash Recycling

    Bottom ash produced by Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will be recovered and reused as a secondary aggregate by the construction industry.

  6. Air Quality Control

    Gas passes through a fabric filter where particulates and remaining pollutants are removed. We will also adhere to strict limits on the creation of noise and odour by holding the facility under negative air pressure.

Parc Adfer journey

We filmed the construction of Wheelabrator Parc Adfer from 2017 through to entering full operation in December 2019. You can view the whole journey here.

You can find out more about Wheelabrator Parc Adfer’s construction in the project history section of the website.