Shanks to send RDF to Dutch incinerator

Most large UK waste firms are looking into exporting waste for recovery in European combined heat and power plants. Shanks is the first mover.

RDF, picture from ShanksIn a move likely to anger those who find cross-border trade in wastes unacceptable, waste firm Shanks is to export up to 40,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to Amsterdam for burning.

The company has received Environment Agency approval to export two shipments of the material, which it makes from mixed municipal waste in east London. It will be pelletised in the Netherlands then burnt in the Amsterdam waste and energy company AEB’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which generates electricity and provides steam for Amsterdam’s district heating network.

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