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Energy from Waste

Energy for the Future

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Energy from waste

  • Waste is no longer seen as something finite and unnecessary, its potential for recovery and return to circulation, whether in the form of "new" materials obtained through recycling or in the form of energy, is growing and ever new methods are being found to make the most of it.
  • Through its legislative requirements the EU is also pursuing a strategy of maximising the recovery of waste, including a ban on landfilling. Because not all waste can be recycled back into circulation, other methods of waste treatment need be used and WtE technology is also to be considered as part of the circular economy. This will be for at least the next ~20 years, with products increasingly being designed so that most input materials can be collected separately and recycled.

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Waste to energy process


Energy as a driver

  • Society and the economy are driven by energy - energy is the essence of life. Since primary sources of fossil fuels are limited, waste is becoming increasingly important as an alternative energy source.  Waste as part of the energy mix is indispensable for the sustainable and safe supply of energy. The high energy content of waste is comparable with that of lignite and is predestined for energetic utilisation.
  • Always in the context of legislation, we want to utilise the waste we collect in households, trade and industry, to transform and return it to the resource cycle through treatment also by generating energy from it. Incineration is one of the most sophisticated methods used to turn waste into energy for households and industrial enterprises, by recycling the useful materials in the waste.

FCC Environment CEE green energy approach

  • Our strategic approach is to get as much waste as we can to recycling by using different treatment technologies. But extracting value – in the form of energy – from the waste we can’t bring to recycling is an equally important part of our approach. Thanks to a variety of diverse technologies, we are able to more or less cover the entire value chain.
  • Waste that cannot be recycled can be used as a fuel at our Waste to Energy plants, or it may be used to create Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).  Although part of the EU's strategy is to eliminate landfilling in the context of the circular economy package and zero waste philosophy, there will always be a minimum amount of waste that cannot be recycled and ends up e.g. in landfills. We at FCC Environment CEE do our best to maximise the recovery of landfilled waste by generating energy from landfill gas.
  • And also when developing new WtE projects, we always make sure that electricity & heat can be produced, in order to achieve the best possible plant efficiency.

FCC co-financed the new Sensory Integration Diagnosis and Therapy Center at the Psychological and Pedagogical Clinic in Tarnobrzeg

FCC co-financed the new Sensory Integration Diagnosis and Therapy Center at the Psychological and Pedagogical Clinic in Tarnobrzeg

The new center will help, free of charge, children who need specialist support in emotional and motor development.
New energy efficient shredder in Himberg

New energy efficient shredder in Himberg

As of July 2022, the new shredder from UHTA ZR2400H is in full operation in Himberg. The UHTA shredder was selected...


In line with our philosophy of sustainability, we decided to organize our corporate events in a way that reduces our...
ASMJ Jihlava won the award for social responsibility in the region

ASMJ Jihlava won the award for social responsibility in the region

For their exemplary implementation of the principles of social responsibility, ASMJ Jihlava, the FCC branch in Jihlava...
Landfilling: may not be the last resort. Landfills as an alternative energy source.

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

Even landfills offer opportunities to exploit the potential of the waste they contain. The area they provide also...
FCC Austria's first e-truck is already out on the roads of Lower Austria.

FCC Austria's first e-truck is already out on the roads of Lower Austria.

The brand new FCC e-waste collection truck can now be met on the streets of Lower Austria. Our new e-truck "Designwerk...

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%