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Geminor starts exports of new French furniture waste fraction

Norway-headed waste aggregator and supplier Geminor AS (Geminor) has disclosed that the first shipment of French biogenic waste based on furniture sailed from France to Denmark in mid-January.
"This is a fraction with high potential in the European Energy-from-Waste market," says Kai Schöpwinkel, Senior Account and Development Manager at Geminor France.

Geminor has begun exports of Combustible solide de recuperation (CSR) from France to Spain and Denmark. CSR is a new solid waste fuel fraction derived from dry wood and textiles from take-back furniture (photo courtesy Geminor).

The shipment of 2 000 tonnes of CSR which left France bound for Denmark in mid-January, is the first of three loads to Scandinavian off-takers this winter season. The CSR fraction – “Combustible solide de recuperation” – is sorted waste based on wood and textile foam from take-back furniture.

This is a new and interesting fraction we develop in cooperation with a French partner. The treated and wrapped waste is 80 percent biogenic and hence a promising fraction for energy recovery in several European markets. CSR based on take-back furniture is low in humidity, chlorine, and contaminants – which makes it attractive even if the calorific value is relatively low. We believe this is a good alternative for many WtE plants – and cement producers, in particular, explained Kai Schöpwinkel.

This week, Geminor’s first truckload of French CSR is sent to off-takers in Spain. This is the beginning of a weekly export of 100 tonnes to a cement producer in the region – another promising export stream from France.

France developing into an export market

A significant part of French waste still goes to landfills, but this is about to change.

There is a positive development at the moment in regards to better collecting and sorting of French waste. Now there is a focus on increasing the combustion capacity for energy recovery, and new WtE plants are being developed. Stricter requirements from the Government and the EU also give incentives to develop high-quality fractions such as CSR based on furniture. The goal is to reduce landfills by 50 percent in the next five years, which also will make France into a growing market for export, said Kai Schöpwinkel.

Since opening its office close to Toulouse in 2019, Geminor has been exporting French waste paper for recycling. CSR export will now take a bigger share of the total tonnage.

COVID is leading to a waste deficit in the European market, which now is contributing to the opening of new waste streams from France. We believe this is just the beginning of a growing waste export from this country, concluded Kai Schöpwinkel.

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