Dutch capacity for British waste

‘The Dutch waste-to-energy plants are just right for recovering energy from your sorted residual waste’, Freek van Eijk (SITA NEWS) told his audience. On 24 October in Rotterdam, Van Eijk, vice-chair of the Dutch Waste Management Association, delivered a presentation on the Dutch waste market at the ‘Recycling and Waste Management Opportunities in the UK’ seminar, organised by the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce, UK Meets NL and UK Trade & Investment.

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‘Reducing landfill must be tackled at the European scale, and the Dutch sector wants to help its colleagues in the United Kingdom (UK)’, said Van Eijk. ‘Our efficient waste-to-energy plants meet the highest European standards and have available capacity to process foreign non-recyclable residual waste. It is better to use the waste here to produce energy than to landfill it in the UK. It contributes to sustainable energy and reduces the CO2 footprint both in the UK and in the Netherlands. Moreover, importing waste for recycling and energy recovery improves the profitability of the Dutch plants and is good for employment.’

Good for the environment, the economy and jobs
Total waste arisings in the UK are more than 80 million tonnes a year. About 55 per cent of all household, commercial and industrial waste is still landfilled and the UK must now meet EU targets: more recycling and less landfill. Because the UK does not have sufficient treatment capacity itself, it can send its combustible waste for treatment in the Netherlands. This will also help the UK to make the transition to the highest levels in the waste hierarchy: prevention and recycling. Cooperation at the European level will speed up the development of a sustainable European society and create jobs in both the Netherlands and the UK. Separating recyclables and exporting the residual waste is more labour intensive than sending unsorted household waste to landfill.

Freek van Eijk (DWMA):"The Dutch waste-to-energy plants are just right for recovering energy from your sorted residual waste."

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Landfill must be reduced right across Europe, and the Dutch waste sector is willing to lend other member states a helping hand.

The energy-efficient Dutch waste-to-energy plants meet the highest European standards and have available capacity to process non-recyclable residual waste from other member states. It is better to use the waste here to produce energy than to landfill it elsewhere. It contributes to sustainable energy and reduces the CO2 footprint in the exporting country and in the Netherlands.

Cooperation at the European level will speed up the development of a sustainable European society and create jobs. Separating recyclables and exporting the residual waste is more labour intensive than sending unsorted household waste to landfill, raising employment in all the countries involved.