One of northern Europe’s largest suppliers of waste-derived fuels, Norway-headed Geminor AS has announced that it has commenced the shipment of 15-year-old Italian refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to the Netherlands. The very first Geminor RDF shipment between the two countries is part of a regional five million tonnes waste clean-up operation.
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Some 3 000 tonnes of Italian RDF was loaded in Naples and shipped to the Port of Delfzijl in the Netherlands. This is the first shipment of RDF between Italy and the Netherlands conducted by Geminor, and represents the beginning of a 30 000 tonnes waste management contract.
The export of regional waste contributes to resolving the ongoing waste disposal challenges in the Campania region, which began in the early 2000s. In order to cope with the increasing amounts of waste, the regional administration has allocated large areas for the safe storage of household waste.
In partnership with Italian waste disposal companies, the waste is now being processed on-site and sent for proper recovery in Dutch and Scandinavian incineration plants. Instead of remaining a major storage problem, the waste will now be used to generate energy, steam, and district heating, said Michele Benvenuti, Senior Account Manager at Geminor in Italy.
According to Geminor, approximately five million tonnes of residual waste has been treated, baled, and stored in the region. This waste is now being shipped as RDF for use as fuel and represents Geminor’s first major contract in Italy.
Taking part in solving these waste challenges is demanding, but at the same time very rewarding. Finding efficient use for Italian waste – which has been stored for so long – is the best outcome at this point. Bringing this RDF to the European market is a sustainable option and makes good sense, said Michele Benvenuti.