Mattresses have historically been a difficult waste stream to dispose of by conventional means. AcuComm recently reported on SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Belgium’s plans to build a dedicated mattress foam recycling plant in Belgium and last week Renewi plc announced that it has taken a 32% stake in RetourMatras, the biggest mattress recycling company within the Netherlands, alongside a minority stake of Ingka Investments (part of Ingka Group, the world’s largest franchisee of the IKEA Concept). RetourMatras has two operational facilities in the Netherlands.
The investment will fund the further expansion of RetourMatras throughout the Netherlands, cementing its market-leading position. Renewi provides the mattress recycling company access to a broader supply of mattresses and will gain operational benefits from the collaboration. IKEA is seen as the ideal circular partner with its strong commitment to sustainability and circular solutions for products.
RetourMatras has developed a unique mattress recycling technology for the sustainable processing of discarded mattresses. Using this technology, the mattresses can be 90% recycled into reusable materials.
RetourMatras estimates that 1.2 million mattresses are discarded in the Netherlands every year, while Belgian mattress recycler Vanheede Environment Group estimates that 1.1 million are thrown away in Belgium each year, equivalent to 22,000 tonnes of waste.
The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), the industry funded, not-for-profit organisation which represents the UK’s aluminium packaging industry has revealed that the UK aluminium drinks can recycling rate has risen to 75%, its highest ever level, up from 54% in 2010. Additionally, 95% of aluminium packaging collected in the UK is recycled within Europe, rather than being sent further afield. With sustainability becoming more and more important, the drinks can remains the most recycled packaging in the world.
The overall aluminium packaging rate has continued to rise steadily too, from 41% in 2010 to 52% in 2018, meaning that over 100,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging sold in the UK was recycled last year.
These significant improvements in UK aluminium recycling rates is attributed to the investment made by the aluminium sector as a whole to ensure that the packaging they produce is recycled.
Alupro believes that its programmes, such as MetalMatters and Every Can Counts, are positively impacting the behaviour of people across the UK by creating awareness of the recyclability of aluminium and metal packaging.
The government is currently consulting on reform to the producer responsibility system, which could lead to more accurate reporting of recycling rates. A significant volume of used aluminium packaging is being recycled from refuse-derived fuel outside the UK, but not currently being officially recorded towards UK targets. This means the latest impressive rates are still underreported, and future recycling rates for aluminium packaging will be even higher under these reforms.
AcuComm currently lists around 138 active projects worldwide which deal in some way with the recycling of aluminium. 60 of these are in the USA, while 13 are in Germany. The UK is in third place globally with ten active projects.
2019 promises to be another groundbreaking year for the waste, bioenergy and recycling sectors, with construction expected to start on 31 projects listed in AcuComm’s WasteView Projects database during the first quarter. These projects will involve a total investment of US$1.4 billion, will have a waste throughput of 4.1 million tonnes and will add 330 MW in energy capacity.
Activity will be led by Europe, with projects worth US$928 million due to commence in the first quarter, including 6 in the UK, 4 in France and 2 in both Denmark and the Netherlands. North America will see 5 largely small-scale projects start in the United States and 3 in Canada.
The highest valued of these projects (as listed in our January 2019 WasteView Watch) is Biffa’s £250 million energy recovery facility at Newhurst Quarry near Shepshed in Leicestershire, UK. The development has been held up during the planning process over several years, but in November 2018 Biffa reported that the site permit application was progressing well.
Construction is due to start in February on NGF Nature Energy’s new anaerobic digestion plant in Sønderborg in Denmark. This will involve a throughput of 600,000 tonnes per annum of mixed animal and agricultural waste, the largest feedstock capacity of any project due to start in Q1 2019. The plant will produce up to 21 million cubic metres of biogas for the gas network and local gas-operated buses each year.
In terms of energy output, the largest project with construction work scheduled to begin at the start of 2019 is New Energy’s 18 MWe / 72 MWth waste-to-energy (WtE) gasification plant in Port Hedland, Western Australia. This A$200 million project will have an annual throughput of up to 130,000 tonnes of household, municipal and industrial waste.
View the full WasteView Watch report.
Development of a biogas and biodiesel manufacturing plant
A project to develop a new biorefinery in Säkylä is progressing on schedule after reports revealed that the reception hall is due to be completed by the end of year.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Finland Biorefinery
Construction of an organic waste Kompogas plant
Hitachi Zosen Inova has revealed that it has been awarded a tender for the construction of a plug-flow anaerobic digester with gas conditioning. It will be installed at Entsorgungswirtschaft Soest’s composting plant in Anröchte.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Germany AD Plant
Construction of MBT facility
Sacyr has completed financing for the development of a new mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) plant, which will process municipal organic waste in Dandenong South, Melbourne.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia MBT Facility
Development of a manure processing facility
The Province of Overijssel has outlined plans for the construction of a manure processing plant at the Elhorst-Vloedbelt landfill site in Zenderen.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Netherlands Waste Processing Facility
UK – WtE Facility
Development of a 102 MWe gasification facility
Alternative Use Boston Projects is planning to develop a waste-to-energy (WtE) gasification facility in Boston, Lincolnshire, located adjacent to a biomass plant currently under construction.
The facility will use refuse-derived fuel (RDF) as feedstock, comprising of household waste and residual output from recycling facilities that cannot be processed further. Up to 102 MW of electricity will be produced, 80 MW of which will be supplied to the National Grid.
Find out more about this project.
France – Waste Management Facility
Redevelopments to include WtE, sorting and SRF facilities
Veolia has renewed its contract with the Greater Nantes authority to continue operations of the Couëron Waste Treatment and Recovery Center (CTVD), which it has managed since it was commissioned back in 1994.
As part of the contract, Veolia will undertake €45 million worth of capital works, covering a WtE plant, collection sorting centre and solid recovered fuel (SRF) production unit.
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Development of landfill and gas recovery facilities
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is in the process of making investments in its municipal infrastructure, involving the expansion of a landfill and new leachate lagoons.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Jordan Landfill
Construction of a 0.5 MW AD plant
Weltec has announced that its new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Benburb, Northern Ireland, is nearing completion. The company expects it to go live in the summer.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK AD Plant