Spliffing idea for energy recycling
How incineration could generate electricity | Ross Clark - Times Online
Councils are paying to store the resulting mountains of paper because sending it to landfill sites would incur stiff taxes and because Britain lacks the capacity to incinerate the waste.
The most shocking thing is that the Government knows incinerating paper is better for the environment than recycling it and yet still has persisted with its recycling policy. It knows because the 2006 study it funded into the matter, Carbon Balances and Energy Impacts of the Management of UK Wastes, said so.
Recycling sounds worthy. The trouble is that when you compare the energy needed to transport and recycle waste paper with the energy that could be produced by burning it in power stations, it becomes clear we could cut carbon emissions by abandoning recycling and instead building incineration plants.
We persist with recycling for two reasons. First, the environmental lobby has scared the public about incineration plants - it has only to mention the word “dioxin” to cause mass fright, when in fact a well-run incinerator at high temperatures emits fewer dioxins than a typical bonfire.
Second, sorting out material for recycling has become a quasi-religious observation that the green lobby likes us to undertake in order to atone for our environmental sins - and which, as councils have discovered all too quickly, provides an ideal excuse to squeeze us with fines.
My papers no longer go to be recycled, I'm burning them at home to keep warm. No carbon footprint of transport for them, just ash to go on the fruit tree patch.
I only recently worked out how to make newspaper logs at home. I had seen those presses where you mash them all up, squeeze them and then try and dry them out. Obviously too much work and you end up with mouldy damp lumps. It is much easier to take the outside sheet off your paper, position it slightly at a skew and then roll the rest of the paper up inside it. As the outer sheet was skewed it now has triangular ends poking out beyond the cylinder. Poke these ends into the hollow centre of the cylinder and it will stay together and burn gently like a log. (If you misjudge the hole you can always just twist the ends to make a huge spliff like log.)