The AVR municipal solid waste incinerator processes 1,000 tonnes waste/day with dioxin emissions to below 0.005, and produces energy for 10,000 homes.
As part of an ongoing effort to bring Solid Waste & Recycling readers the best information about the most innovative waste management and recycling systems and technologies available, Editor Connie Vitello recently toured state of the art facilities and met with senior waste management representatives in The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam.
The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Affairs and Environment provided information about the overall waste management framework and industry-government “covenants” (more than 20 such public-private agreements). The Dutch Foundation Disposal Metalectro Products discussed Dutch take-back legislation for electronic products (white goods and brown goods) and the new industry-funded computer collection depots across the country (the Dutch initiated this system before the proposed EU Directives).
Representatives of AVR, a leading waste processing plant, provided a tour of a multi-purpose euro $300-million facility: composting facility (which produces Grade A and B compost), recycling facility, incinerator; and pulp sludge processing operations.
MIREC, a spin-off company of Philips, provided a tour of its electronics recycling facility and interesting information about safe handling of CRTs and end products. Bakker Magnetics provided demonstrations of its separation systems (mainly magnetic products) for waste processing and recycling industries.
The Dutch Waste Processing Association provided an overview about the waste management system, which includes: extensive residential recycling and composting (in light of a landfill ban for residential waste), a PET bottle deposit-refund program, energy-from-waste solutions, glass bottle recycling, and more.
Auto Recycling Nederland (ARN) also provided a presentation about the national auto recycling system, infrastructure, costs, and legislation. The Netherlands boasts the highest auto parts recovery rate in the world.
Information relevant to SW&R’s readership will appear in future editions of the magazine. (See article, page 6.)
Contact Connie Vitello at 416-442-2292 or email@example.com