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Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands
We spent another solid day on the road looking at Dutch waste management facilities.
Electronic waste has a fairly broad definition in the Netherlands. The company Coolrec (owned by the large waste management firm Van Gansewikel) in Dordrecht manages electronic waste. They have a number of locations in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium and handle 300,000 tonnes/year of e-waste. At this particular location we visited they manage washing machines. They start by removing the Freon. This is followed by the removal of most wiring. The washing machines are then directed to a large shredder for size reduction. The key materials at this point are metal and plastic. They are further separated through air classification. www.coolrec.com
Down the street at HVC in Doodrecht we visited HVC, which essentially is a waste management cooperative. They encompass 48 municipalities (and more than 1 million people) in a number of Provinces. They have about 1 million tonnes/year in incineration capacity at two locations. The electricity they produce from this is sold back to partner municipalities at a reduced rate and onto the grid. Ultimately they generate enough electricity for 280,000 households. They also use some of the heat for district heating at one location (and developing it at the other.
They separate and recycle about 950,000 tonnes/year and compost about 150,000 tonnes/year.
As has been echoed throughout this week there has been considerably downward pressure on tipping fees at incinerators due to over capacity which has been largely caused by the economic downturn. This is being partially being assuaged by importing wastes from other European countries. www.Hvcgroep.nl
Van Vliet is part of the UK company Shanks (also the owner of Orgaworld). They offer a full suite of waste collection and waste diversion services. Unique is their recycling of green house agricultural wastes. They separate out the plastic, which is baled and shipped out to market and the rockwool (used as hydroponic growing media) which is used in the brick making industry (it provides colour to bricks). www.vanvlietrecycling.nl