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Processing RDF and SRF Fuel

Ellgia have been supplying selected partners with Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF waste) to facilities in the UK for a number of years, which then supplies a number of energy recovery facilities across Europe.

We have invested heavily in our Scunthorpe facility to establish it as a central hub for RDF production. Its location to multiple ports and strong infrastructure means it can cope with the rising demand from our customers to divert more waste away from landfill.

Why Refuse Derived Fuel?

Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) has enabled UK waste producers to divert their refuse waste from landfill and convert it into energy at UK & European plants.

Some waste streams can be economically and practicably recycled. Making use of the combustible refuse waste as a potential source of fuel makes environmental and economic sense.

On arrival at our facilities we start the process by removing any recyclable materials from the load before we shred and dry the material to meet our customer’s specification which ensures the material is fit for their requirements in energy production.

We use stringent weekly analysis to ensure that the RDF & SRF we produce meets the highest standards of production.

The material is then sent to our customers who provide UK & European plants with a product that can be used to generate heat and electric.

The benefits of Refuse Derived Fuel are that it reduces our landfill requirements and reduces our reliance on the traditional methods of energy generation including fossil fuels.

If you are interested in our services please contact us 01223 322799 or email us on

Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF)

As part of our continued investment of improving waste processes, recycling performance and moving waste up the waste hierarchy, Ellgia have now started to produce Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) as part of its portfolio of waste based fuel products.  SRF is a waste derived product which meets a waste fuel specification well in excess of those demanded by RDF and requires additional levels of physical treatment, material extraction and management of the final waste composition.  This results in a higher quality of fuel that can be utilised in cement kilns and ERF facilities (energy recovery facilities) to produce power and energy.

The SRF product requires a smaller final particulate size, a much lower moisture content (which we manage through our drying floor facility powered by our own biomass boiler) a significantly improved calorific value (CV) and a much more stringent control of chemical composition and dust levels. This specification is achieved though Ellgia’s newly commissioned SRF mechanical sorting, separation and shredding process line and is continually is subjected to daily sampling and product analysis.