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Landfilling: may not be the last resort. Landfills as an alternative energy source.

27/08/2022

Landfill is often perceived negatively in the context of waste management, as a last resort for waste that is not recycled or otherwise (e.g. thermally) used. However, this may not be entirely true. Even landfills offer opportunities to exploit the potential of the waste they contain. The area they provide also offers opportunities. They become a source of alternative, green energy.

FCC Environment CEE | Landfill gas The first way to exploit the potential of landfills is based on the decomposing process that takes place in landfills. Decomposing waste in these landfills automatically produces gas. So-called landfill gas, can be collected through an active degassing system and is then used for heating and electricity generation. The FCC Environment CEE Group has been exploiting the potential of its landfills for many years. The co-generation units in the FCC E CEE Group produce approx. 100 GWh of energy per year.

 

FCC Environment CEE | Energy crops at landfillsAnother alternative is the use of landfill areas for Growing “Energy Crops”. In particular the slopes of the landfill can be used to ‘grow energy’ in the form of crops such as willow, elephant grass or reed canary grass. The output is in the form of pellets, logs (tree stems) or bales. These can be burnt alongside coal in large power stations, or in smaller installations producing heat and/or power.

Our colleagues in the UK (FCC Environment UK) have planted crops on about 20 sites so far. These energy crops are 'carbon neutral' because the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere during the combustion process of said crops (at the power plant), can be absorbed by other crops during the next growing season.. Energy crops are an excellent choice for FCC Environment because they are perennial and require low levels of management (e.g. pesticides and fertilisers) to ensure yields.

 

FCC Environment CEE | photovoltaic panels at landfillsThe slopes of reclaimed landfills also provide an ideal area for the placement of photovoltaic panels. FCC Czech Republic is preparing photovoltaic power plant (PVP) projects at the Uhy, Únanov and Žabčice landfills. In all three cases, commissioning is estimated for 2025. The panels installed on all three sites will cover a total area of about 178.000m² and are estimated to produce about 12.300 kW.

 

FCC Environment CEE wants to continue to use all the renewable resources at its disposal in the fight against climate change and increase its contribution to the circular economy.

FCC Environment CEE | Landfills as a source of green energy 




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Why with us

  • International team of experts

    Our team of more than 4,300 employees in 7 countries of CEE signs responsible for the smooth operation of all our services.

  • Waste as a resource

    Thanks to modern waste treatment solutions we give 650,000 tons of secondary raw materials a second life annually.

  • Just in time

    Nearly 1.25 million containers, skips and bins of all sizes and  1,300 trucks or special vehicles ensure secure and efficient collection and transport of all waste for further treatment.

  • Experienced service provider

    7 countries, 1,400 municipalities and 4.3 mil residents served, 21 joint-ventures with municipalities, 51,000 industrial clients. This is our brief profile.

FCC Environment CEE Group in figures

1,300 trucks and special vehicles

Over 1,250,000 containers and bins

73 collection yards

39 transfer stations

34 sorting plants

7 RDF (alternative fuels treatment)

6 splitting plants

14 mechanical biological treatment plants and/or composting

23 landfills

1 waste-to-energy-plant for household and commercial waste

1 incineration facility for hazardous waste

4.3 mil residents served

4.8 mil t/a of waste processed

7 countries

almost 51,500 industrial clients

Partner of 1,400 municipalities

21 joint-ventures with municipalities

more than 0.65 mil t/a SRM handled

200 GWh/a generated by W2E plants and landfills cogeneration units

3,669 km of streets cleaned

398 hectares of green areas maintained 

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FCC CEE Group has more than 10 years of experience in used clothes business
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300 to 400 kg of compost can be produced from 1 tonne of biodegradable waste
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Metals and glass are 100% recyclable
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In Europe, up to 90% of the green glass bottle is made of recycled glass
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More than 0,7 litres of base lube oil can be produced from 1,0 litre of used mineral oil and is being used for engine, transmission and hydraulic oils
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With the energy needed for productions of 1 drink can from bauxite, it is possible to produce 20 cans from recycled aluminium
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Recycling of 1 tonne of steel saves 1.100 kilograms of coal, and 55 kilograms of limestone
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Used paper can be recycled and used in fresh paper production up to 6 times
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Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves more than 2 tonnes of wood
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1 tonne of refuse-derived fuel produced by FCC CEE Group 600 kilograms of heating oil or more than 800 kilograms of stone coal
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Recycling of plastics saves limited virgin raw materials (crude oil and natural gas) and reduces energy consumption by 80 to 90%