Waste 2 Resource (‘W2R’) were pleased to recently attend the ‘grand opening’ of B&M’s new facility designed to efficiently bale and wrap Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) for the export market.
W2R, in their capacity as UK Agent for Vattenfall, were instrumental in bringing B&M together with one of Europe’s largest generators of heat and electricity. W2R has managed all aspects of the export process from the procurement of the commercial contract with Vattenfall, securing TFS approval from the respective environmental regulators and developing a logistics solution.
Commenting on the development, Chris Farmer, Director of W2R said: “We are delighted to have played a part in providing a sustainable alternative to landfill for B&M and its customers. Whilst the export solution has taken some time to pull together, it is great that export has now commenced and B&M’s new facility will bring increased capacity and efficiency to the production of RDF bales for the export market”.
B&M’s facility will take residual household and light commercial waste. Materials such as cardboard, wood and metals will be recycled whilst all non-recyclable waste will be compacted into bales and wrapped and transported to a CHP (Combined Heat and Power) site in Germany. The thermal energy is then recovered to produce electricity and steam generated for a local district heating system.
Krystian Lipa from Vattenfall, B&M Waste Services CHP partner in Hamburg, Germany attended the opening together with Thomas Obermeier, President of the German Waste Association. Michael Hyman, Executive member for Economic Growth and Prosperity at Trafford Council was also in attendance.
Neil Curtis, Director of B&M Waste Services said: “B&M Waste Services is always exploring ways to improve our offering and find new ways of preserving the earth’s resources for future generations. We are absolutely delighted to be opening our new RDF plant today in Trafford Park. By harnessing the energy contained in the material, B&M is able to help our customers to preserve natural resources, whilst diverting waste from landfill, resulting in lower carbon emissions”