Separation plant household waste - AEB Amsterdam
AEB Amsterdam, BAM and Banzo were selected for the construction of a post-separation plant for household waste. The plant came online in the autumn of 2017. With the installation, AEB will make an important contribution to achieving the sustainability objectives of Amsterdam and the other participating municipalities: separation of 65 to 75 percent of household waste by 2020.
With this post-separation line, household waste, plastics, beverage cartons, metals, paper/cardboard and the organic wet fraction can be recovered from the residual waste. These raw materials will then be processed sustainably by AEB or other end users. Many municipalities have declared their interest in sending household waste to the AEB plant, allowing for the full exploitation of the plant’s capacity of 300,000 tons per year.
Goal: separation of 65 to 75 percent of household waste by 2020.
Post-separation works for Amsterdam
Mark Hagoort is Plant Manager for AEB Amsterdam. “We opt for post-separation, because waste being separated at the source in a city like Amsterdam does not lead to the desired result. The combination of source and subsequent separation produces the best results. There are a lot of high-rise buildings, and space is limited on the street, so much waste still ends up in a garbage bag. For us, that means garbage becomes a source of raw materials.”
“What was very important in the procurement of this project, was the collaboration required between the builder and the other parties to figure out the installation. We wanted to work with superior companies, in this case BAM and Banzo. They could see the hurdles, while Banzo saw the challenges and understood them. They have also been the most creative in devising solutions, something others have failed at.”
Moreover, the contract was political. The City of Amsterdam is a shareholder of AEB, and had to approve the investment by AEB. “We had to make sure that the post-separation plant would contribute to the City of Amsterdam’s sustainability goals.”
“We are transforming a waste and energy company into an energy and commodities business. The implementation of a post-separation plant fits perfectly into this strategy.”
The construction of this mega plant fits into the transformation of AEB, which originally burned waste. Now they are focused on waste, energy and reuse. “We are transforming a waste and energy company into an energy and commodities business. The implementation of a post-separation plant fits perfectly into this strategy.”