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Quality Protocols for Fly Ash

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

What is a Waste Quality Protocol, and how does it relate to Fly Ash?

The Waste Quality Protocol Project is a joint venture initiative between the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the environmental agency that will clearly define the processes required in order to convert a waste product into a non-waste product within specific industries. This enables recycled waste products to be used without the need for waste regulation controls.

Fly Ash or pulverised fuel ash (PFA) and furnace bottom ash (FBA) are the ash bi-products from burning coal within coal fired power stations to produce electricity. Fly ash is the largest commercial/industrial waste stream with the UK, however it is also be recycled into valuable aggregates to be utilised with construction materials.

The quality protocol for Fly Ash is expected to deliver the following benefits:

  • divert approximately 300,000 tonnes of PFA and FBA from landfill per year
  • save businesses £5 million each year, largely due to landfill charges
  • create markets worth over £8.5 million a year
  • save 15,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions annually
  • help save over 425,000 tonnes of virgin raw material

Any protocol guidance that can help deliver these benefits and cut down on the endless paper trail associated with recycled products has to be a step in the right direction.

Please refer to the Environmental Agency for the Pulverised Fuel Ash and Furnace Bottom Ash Quality Protocol