UK households generate 22 million tons of waste every year, of which 44% is recycled. The majority of recycling material is shipped overseas for processing but many importers find that the shipments they receive are too mixed or contaminated to be recycled and much of it ends up in landfill.
This includes 2/3 of all the UK's plastic recyclable waste which, until recently has been shipped to China. In January 2018, China implemented a programme called National Sword, banning imports of plastic waste from other countries and leaving the UK in need of alternative solutions for waste management.
Lea Bank Energy Park will process half a million tonnes of waste per year, using it to generate energy and heat for local residents and businesses.