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Geminor begins first ever export of baled RDF from Poland

Norway-headed waste-derived fuel suppliers Geminor AS has announced that on September 30, 2020, the first-ever export shipment of baled refuse-derived fuel (RDF) left Poland by curtain-side truck transport. The RDF arrived at energy-from-waste off-taker Kvitebjørn Bio-el AS in the Norwegian town of Fredrikstad two days later.
"By the middle of October, the first three loads of baled RDF have been exported from Poland," says Andrzej Zientarski, Country Manager, Geminor Poland.

A truckload of baled RDF bound for Norway represents the first-ever export of waste fuels from Poland (photo courtesy Geminor).

For resource management company Geminor, this constitutes the beginning of an important and sustainable international waste stream. According to Andrzej Zientarski, the current lack of thermal treatment and energy recovery capacity for non-recyclable waste provides an opportunity for RDF export.

We are happy to finally include Poland in the European waste fuels export market and very pleased to play a leading role in this introduction. Poland has been a receiving market for years, mostly in waste wood, but is now also ready to export their surplus waste fractions. Due to a lack of incineration capacity, big volumes of residual waste would normally end up in landfill in Poland. This export gives the Poles access to the international markets for energy recovery and is the most sustainable way of handling their waste, explained Andrzej Zientarski.

Expanding with new markets

According to Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO of Geminor, the non-recyclable industrial low-CV waste has been subject to thorough test analysis to secure the quality of the shipment to Scandinavia.

The export process has been more difficult than normal due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions. However, our local expertise has made us able to give quality assurances to all our partners, Kjetil Vikingstad said.

The first waste stream to Norway is part of a 45 000 tonnes long-term contract with the off-taker company. This is only the first of many Polish export streams to come.

The operation looks promising and we are committed to open new markets soon. We will continue by exporting Polish RDF to Sweden in early November, and the German market will follow in the months to come. We are expecting a quick growth of Polish RDF exports in 2021 and will be focusing on facilitating this, said Kjetil Vikingstad.

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