Strategic Overviews of the Latest Industry Activity

Each month, AcuComm publishes its New Investment Review series of six complimentary reports which each provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

To access these reports, please follow:  https://acucomm.net/new_investment_review

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 9,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Thompson on 44 (0)7399 863 765 or e-mail him at [email protected]

New Investment Review: Landfill

In July 2021, AcuComm added four new landfill projects with a cumulative value of US$45 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Brazil and the United States, will provide 1.3 million tonnes of new landfill capacity. Over the 12-month period (August 2020 to July 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 43 new landfill projects, valued at over US$800 million.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Landfill,
Reported August 2020 – July 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Landfill August 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Landfill New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm added two new landfill projects with a cumulative value of US$17 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Australia and Russia, will provide 608,965 tonnes of new landfill capacity. Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 42 new landfill projects, valued at over US$800 million.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Landfill,
Reported June 2020-May 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Landfill June 2012

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: Landfill

In March 2021, AcuComm added five new landfill projects with a cumulative value of US$55 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Brazil, Spain, Ukraine and the United States, will provide 140,000 tonnes of new landfill capacity by 2024. Over the 12-month period (April 2020 to March 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 48 new landfill projects, valued at over US$1 billion.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Landfill,
Reported April 2020-March 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Landfill March 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

EU-funded NEW-MINE project to explore potential of Enhanced Landfill Mining

Landfill sites can give rise to different risks. In particular, older sites predating the introduction of government regulations, which tend to be filled with municipal solid waste and lack modern landfill technology, will soon require costly remediation measures to avoid future environmental and health problems. In Europe, there are between 150,000 and 500,000 landfill sites, of which an estimated 90% are “non sanitary” landfills predating the EU Landfill Directive of 1999. Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) has the potential of providing a solution that could dramatically reduce future remediation costs and reclaim valuable land while unlocking precious resources.

The four-year NEW-MINE research project, led by KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals SIM 2 , was launched in 2016 to look into different aspects of Enhanced Landfill Mining. Its aim is to develop and integrate cutting-edge, eco-friendly ELFM technologies to valorize Europe’s landfills, recovering resources such as materials, energy and land, while mitigating future environmental and health risks and avoiding significant remediation costs.

The project has received funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and involves eight European universities, as well as companies from the private sector. Fifteen PhD students have been tasked with researching new technologies and testing them in four technical work packages that follow a value chain approach. From “Innovative landfill exploration and mechanical processing”, to “Solar/Plasma/Hybrid thermochemical conversion” and “Advanced upcycling”. The fourth work package applies multi-criteria assessment methods to compare combined resource-recovery/remediation, that is ELFM, with the “Do-nothing’, “Classic remediation”, and “Classic landfill mining with (co-incineration)” approaches.

In July 2020, Stadler Anlagenbau revealed that RWTH Aachen University, one of the project’s partners, has invited the company to participate, contributing its expertise and equipment. The company previously played an important role in the first work package, dedicated to mechanical processing. The main goal was to identify ways of improving the quality of the fractions in order to produce RDF, which has a variety of applications. Another important goal was to research uses for fine fraction, which accounts for more than 50% of the waste in landfill mining, and currently has no utilization. The project showed that further mechanical separation of fine fraction can produce sand for use as an aggregate in the construction sector. The light fraction can also be used in a thermo-valorization process.

AcuComm’s WasteView projects database provides details on active and operational landfill developments throughout the world – see for yourself here.

NEW-MINE research project website: http://new-mine.eu

A Growing Canadian Presence in the US Waste Sector

Canada’s GFL Environmental, which entered the US solid waste sector in 2016 and has established itself as the market’s 4th largest player, has been named as the buyer of “substantially all anticipated divestitures” which will occur following Waste Management Inc’s US$4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services.

GFL will pay US$835 million for a package of assets which will include 32 collection operations, 36 transfer stations and 18 landfills supported by 380 collection vehicles across 10 states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Georgia, with Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota touted as the other likely locations. GFL has a positive record of working with Waste Management and as part of the deal, Waste Management also announced a “reciprocal five-year disposal arrangement” with GFL. The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of Q3 2020, pending approval from the US Department of Justice.

Waste Management’s acquisition of Advanced Disposal was announced in April 2019 when Advanced Disposal was serving more than three million residential, commercial, and industrial customers, including over 800 municipalities primarily in 16 states in the Eastern half of the US. Advanced Disposal’s solid waste network includes 94 collection operations, 73 transfer stations, 41 landfills, and 22 owned or operated recycling facilities.

AcuComm’s WasteView database has details of over 20 current and operational waste projects involving Waste Management Inc, Advanced Disposal Services or GFL Environmental, including Waste Management’s planned expansion of a landfill in Monticello, White County, Indiana.

The persistence of landfill.

Amid all the talk of innovative recycling and waste sorting technologies, one fact can get lost; most of the world still disposes of most of its waste through landfill. And we’re not just talking about the developing world. In 2015, the latest year for which data is available, the USA sent 52.5% of its municipal solid waste to landfill, equal to 137.7 million tonnes. The amount landfilled rose slightly in 2015, from 136.2 million tonnes in 2014. The rate of recycling has barely changed since 2010, at around 26% of the total, while waste-to-energy is below 13%.

There’s a lot of investment in landfill. AcuComm currently has 344 active projects in the category, worth a total of US$6.6 billion, or US$21 million each on average. What landfill investments are there? Five main categories show up:

  • Typically the upgrading of unregulated dumping grounds to meet current environmental standards. This tends to be a major area of activity in developing countries, and is often a component of development project ativity funded by external agencies.
  • Straightforward expanding of existing landfill to accommodate extra waste.
  • Specialist waste. Building of discrete capability to handle waste types that are best landfilled; such as hazardous, chemical or other forms of industrial waste.
  • Landfill gas. Installation or expansion of gas engines in order to generate electricity.
  • Infrequently, work done to restore a closed landfill to a ‘greener’ use, such as parkland.

The majority deal either with modernisation/expansion of MSW landfill, or addition of gas facilities at existing sites. These account for 84% of the total landfill projects in the AcuComm database.

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Where is the investment going? As might be expected, the USA figures strongly. For general MSW landfill projects, the USA accounts for 34 projects with an estimated total investment of US$587 million. This is equal to US$17 million on average and 22% of the total. For landfill gas projects, the preponderance of the USA is far greater; 71 projects, with an estimated US$1,061 million, equal to US$15 million on average and 62% of the total.

Other countries to feature heavily are Australia, Brazil, Canada, India and Russia. One thing all these countries share with the USA is vast land areas and generally low population densities. All things being equal, its far easier to live with landfill if there is plenty of room for it, away from anyone who might complain about the perceived inconvenience. Environmental pressures and tax incentives may be reducing the use of landfill in Europe, but for much of the wider world it remains the principal – and if properly managed the most credible – means of waste disposal.

 

#Editor’sPick – Waste Management & WtE Facilities

Haiti – Development of a waste management project

Development of waste management, landfill, recycling and composting facilities

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a US$33.5 million grant, which will help finance an integrated solid waste management programme in northern Haiti. The programme will include the construction of a new facility for integrated waste management that includes a landfill, waste recycling point and composting site. The programme will also include the construction of transfer stations at Cap-Haitien.

Find out more from this project.

Australia – Construction of a 50 MW WtE facility

Construction of a 50 MW WtE facility

It has been revealed by the Queensland Government that Remondis – a leading recycling, service and water company,  is planning to build a A$400 million waste-to-energy facility in Swanbank, Queensland. The proposed facility will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 MW of baseload electricity.

See the latest from this project.

AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Spain – Landfill & Waste Transfer Plant

Expansion of a landfill and building a waste transfer plant

Last month, Agència de Residus de Catalunya (the Waste Agency of Catalonia), announced that it has agreed to subsidise the cost of the works for the expansion of a controlled landfill at Pla de Estany.

As well as this, the agency will also finance the construction of a new waste transfer plant and the current phase of sealing taking place at the landfill.

The project, which is part of the Sectoral Territorial Plan for municipal waste management infrastructures of Catalonia 2020 (PINFRECAT20), will receive a €2.5 million investment overall from the agency – which will come from the municipal waste fund.

Find out more about this project.

AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – US – Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Expansion of landfill gas power plant.

Officials from East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and Bavarian Waste Services have announced their dedication to the expansion of the co-operatives power plant in Boone County, KY, US.

The plant at Bavarian Landfill in Boone County, KY, is the largest landfill gas power plant in the state and is one of six landfill plants owned and operated by EKPC in Kentucky. The plant provides energy to EKPC’s 16 owner-member co-operatives and its 1 million+ customers.

Over the last 12 months, the power plant’s expansion has seen the plant able to produce nearly 50% more electricity.

Along with in-depth project details, you can also access the contact information for some of the key decision-makers on the project. To take a look for yourself, click here.