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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.

Distinguished visit to the FCC W2E plant in Zistersdorf

Distinguished visit to the FCC W2E plant in Zistersdorf

Seeing up close, and "touching", so to speak, waste treatment technologies is always a great experience. One of the...
Moje smeti - electronic registration of waste bins newly in Trnava, Slovakia

Moje smeti - electronic registration of waste bins newly in Trnava, Slovakia

FCC Trnava, s.r.o. and the City of Trnava present a new online service for automatic monitoring of waste container...
FCC Austria is expanding its activities to the West Tyrol region

FCC Austria is expanding its activities to the West Tyrol region

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG has succeeded in the tender for ABV Westtyrol and will begin providing the transportation...
Today we opened the Back2Life Re-use centre in Trnava

Today we opened the Back2Life Re-use centre in Trnava

The FCC Group in Slovakia, in cooperation with the City of Trnava, today opened the gates of the new Back2Life Re-use...
1.428 trees planted through purchase of workwear

1.428 trees planted through purchase of workwear

FCC Austria makes a valuable environmental contribution.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Madrid in FCC outfit

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Madrid in FCC outfit

The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, recently reported on Facebook of his visit to the Santiago...

Why with us

  • International team of experts

    Our team of more than 4,000 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 540,000 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, 1,350 municipalities and 4.2 mil residents served, 21 joint-ventures with municipalities, 54,000 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

75 collection yards

38 transfer stations

32 sorting plants

8 RDF (alternative fuels treatment)

6 splitting plants

14 mechanical biological treatment plants and/or composting

21 landfills

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

1 incineration facility for hazardous waste

4.3 mil residents served

5.1 mil t/a of waste processed

7 countries

almost 51,600 industrial clients

Partner of 1,392 municipalities

21 joint-ventures with municipalities

more than 0.54 mil t/a SRM handled

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

5,875 km of streets cleaned

630 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%