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Renewi invests in new recycling facility for out-of-date products

21 June 2022

Renewi Organics has put into service a new out-of-date products (ODP) facility at its site in Amsterdam. The new ODP line on Sardiniëweg processes more materials, more quickly, yielding higher quality recycled materials as a result. With the use of the new facility, Renewi will treat at least 65,000 tons of organic residual flows annually, turning them into new raw materials. The facility receives and treats out-of-date products, with the ultimate goal of producing BIO-LNG and BIO-CO2 that can be used to generate heat or power.

Renewi Organics focuses on the treatment of organic residual flows, including out-of-date products: products that have not been sold by their use-by date. The new line also treats swill, or food remains, for example from restaurants and supermarkets. The new ultra-modern treatment facility can treat up to 60 tons of food waste an hour.

New site

The ODP line has been built in a new Renewi hall at Sardiniëweg 3 in Amsterdam and offers scope to increase treatment volume in the future. “A system was developed for this new line that has sufficient capacity to allow continuous operation,” says Erik Goldberg, Manager Organics at Renewi. “Continuity in production is really important, to guarantee the supply for the digestion process. The investment in the ODP line fits in with our ambitious plan to increase Renewi's recycling rate from 65% to 75% by 2025. The goal here is to extract as much value as possible from waste and, with it, make a substantial contribution to the circular economy.”

Additional sustainable benefits

The treated ODP stream is digested further in our own digestion facility on the same site. During the digestion process, BIO gas is given off, part of which is delivered back to the grid in Amsterdam. This provides more than 12,000 households with power and heat. Another product made in this way is BIO-LNG, a sustainable transition fuel extracted from the biogas from organic waste flows. BIO-LNG leads to a significant reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular fuels. One of its uses is to make heavy road transport more sustainable.

Odour emissions

To limit potential odour emissions into the environment as much as possible, the ODP hall has been fitted with special odour filters. These are activated charcoal filters that extract and filter the air from the hall before it goes into the open air.