Every second we throw away the equivalent of three grey mini waste containers in the Netherlands. That adds up to millions and millions of tonnes of waste. However, throwing it away is not the same as discarding it all together. In the Netherlands, the larger part of this waste is reused as a source of energy and a source of raw materials.
Every year, Attero processes around 3.5 million tonnes of waste, of which 1.8 million tonnes is residual waste. We recover plastics, metals and drinks cartons by using post-separation. In our Energy-from-Waste plants (AEC) we produce green gas, renewable electricity and sustainable heat from residual waste. This energy and the recovered raw materials replace fossil fuels and primary raw materials and that translates into environmental gains.
Residual waste from the Netherlands, but also from England and Ireland, is the fuel for our efficient Energy-from-Waste plants in Moerdijk, Wijster and Groningen. Our plants are unique and belong to the best in the world from an environmental and technical point of view. After wind energy, the Energy-from-Waste plants in the Netherlands make the greatest contribution to the amount of sustainably produced energy.
Attero’s largest plant is in Moerdijk. This plant switches flexibly between producing renewable electricity and sustainable heat for industry. At its sites in Wijster and Groningen, Attero produces raw materials and energy from residual waste. Post-separation and digesting produce green gas and plastic, metal and drinks cartons. In Wijster, Attero also produces renewable electricity and heat.
Over the past decade, there has been less regular residual waste on offer in our country due to changes in policy and separate collection. We fill our available capacity in with residues of recycling processes and imported waste from countries lacking sufficient processing capacity, in the shape of energy-from-waste or recycling plants. This residual waste is pre-treated and used as a fuel called RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel).
Attero prevents it from ending up in landfills and in turn that reduces CO2 emissions. This is in line with European policy and makes a substantial contribution to halting climate change.