A key alternative to landfill is the production of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) for energy generation via combustion. With a lack of available Energy from waste (EfW) treatment capacity in the UK, RDF producers have taken advantage of spare capacity in the wider European market caused by a reduction in waste arising’s during the recession.
European Market for UK RDF
Europe continues to be an open and price competitive market for UK RDF and will continue to remain an important factor in the setting of UK gate fees for the treatment of waste. The export market has grown from 0.8 million tonnes in 2012 to 1.6 million tonnes in 2013 and increasing further to circa 2 million tonnes in 2014, with expectation being that this level will be maintained until additional infrastructure treatment comes on stream in the UK offering competitive gate fees.
Quality of the RDF
As the export market has grown a number of concerns have been raised relating to RDF production including the quality of the RDF – such as
- the failure to extract recyclables,
- poor management and storage leading to environmental issues such as odour and leaching, and
- lack of enforcement against those not following the requirements leading to abandoned storage sites.
Industry treatment standards for RDF.
Suggestions have been made for industry treatment standards for RDF. Standards may include:
- requirements for shredding such as the permitted particle size,
- removal of recyclates such as metals and biodegradable content and other valuable materials
- and parameters around calorific value and moisture content.
Where RDF has been manufactured to a high quality we have already seen its use exploited within the cement industry within the UK, Europe and beyond as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuel.
If you have a product/service enquiry or if you are looking to invest in a RDF machinery, please contact us and a member of the M&K team will contact ASAP.
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