Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Technology: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
B26. Certain types of MSW are classed, under some circumstances, as renewable energy sources. For combustion technologies the biodegradable fraction of MSW, comprising such items as garden refuse, certain wood waste, and domestic waste paper, can be classed as renewable provided that at least 98% of the fuel is biodegradable. For ‘advanced’ technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification, any MSW (biodegradable and non degradable) may be used as fuel, but only the biodegradable fraction qualifies as a renewable resource.
B27. In planning terms, the same issues apply to MSW that apply to other fuel sources, but MSW may fall into a different category under the pollution protection control regime.