In 2017, 4.8 million tons of waste from industrial businesses and public authorities was delivered to Indaver's activities and facilities for safe treatment. But we do not only see it as waste. We also see raw materials for new products. That's why we recover as many materials as we can, as efficiently as possible. We guarantee that these raw materials have the same high quality as primary raw materials and are safe, so that new high-grade products can be made from them.
Raw material production out of waste in the Netherlands
In 2017, Indaver recovered the following high quality raw materials out of waste streams:
Compost 177.319 ton
Biomass 20.069 ton
Lliquid CO2 2.235 ton
Green natural gas 2.224.102 Nm3
Hydrochloric acid 154.043 ton
Green electricity 4.528.405 kWh
Further improving the quality of the raw materials
Consumers and the companies that manufacture products for them want materials that are high-quality and safe. Indaver therefore continually invests in the technological innovation needed to close loops sustainably. We look for ways to further improve the quality of these materials. Rather than waiting, we are proactive in developing new techniques and facilities to find solutions for specific waste streams.
Better quality of compost through new investments
The quality of compost has high priority on all of our composting sites. In 2017, Indaver in the Netherlands invested in new trommel drums (at the Europoort site among others) and finer screen mats. This ensures fewer contaminants in the compost. Bio Power Alphen invested in the entire post-treatment facility, to be able to produce a better-quality compost among other things. We will continue the investment programme over the next few years.
Plastics2chemicals: from plastic waste to raw materials for the chemical industry
The fight against plastics is high on everyone's agenda. Indaver is also thinking hard about innovative and sustainable solutions for this waste stream. In our facilities in Willebroek we sort recyclable plastic packaging and get it ready for use as a raw material for the recycling industry. We are now also constructing an innovative solution for end-of-life plastics that can no longer be re-used. We are therefore also the forerunners of the European Commission's new plastics policy. It wants to find a cost-effective way to make all plastic packaging re-usable or recyclable, by 2030. Indaver wants to build plastics2chemicals (P2C) facilities in Europe that break down these plastics into smaller hydrocarbon chains. This thermal, molecular recycling will produce high-quality raw materials for the chemical industry. This project fits in with our Indaver Molecule Management® programme, which takes recycling to a higher level.