€4 million in 'Waste to Energy' Facility
Indaver Ireland has invested
over €4 million in a new solvent blending facility that will allow
hazardous waste to be treated, recycled and converted into a fuel.
The new facility is located at Indaver’s existing EPA licensed hazardous
waste transfer station.
Mr. Noel Ahern, T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal
officially opened Indaver's new facility at the company's
waste transfer station in Dublin Port.
Ireland produces over 100,000 tonnes of liquid hazardous
waste every year. This new project means that 20,000 tonnes
of this waste can be recycled and used as an energy source
in an economically and environmentally advantageous fashion.
Indaver, one of Ireland's leading waste management
companies, has formed a partnership with SRM, one of Europe’s foremost
recyclers of liquid waste. The combination of the new €4 million
facility - together with SRM’s expertise - brings Ireland one step
further in becoming self-sufficient in the management of hazardous
The facility also includes a state-of-the-art analytical
laboratory, which cost in the region of €750,000. The availability
of the laboratory enables Indaver to fully implement the waste hierarchy.
When a bulk tank container is accepted onto the site, the waste
is sampled and analysed and - depending on the results - the decision
is made to send the waste either for recycling and reuse, energy
recovery or final disposal by incineration.
Indaver and SRM will use the laboratory facilities
to actively seek to divert more streams for recovery away from incineration.
The laboratory is equipped with the following -
||Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer
||Karl Fischer Titrator
||pH / Conductivity meter
||Top loading balance
||Fluoride Ion selective electrode.
The new Solvent Blending Facility is a major development
for the waste industry in Ireland on many levels. Firstly, it is
now possible to offer customers, who produce hazardous solvent waste,
a significant reduction in the cost of its disposal. In addition,
the waste can now be treated and recycled into an alternative fuel
supply for a cement manufacturer - saving this company the cost
of sourcing expensive fossil fuels. This has obvious environmental
and economical benefits for all concerned.
Previously hazardous waste would have been exported
for incineration. Now, it can be recycled and used in other industries
to great effect. This is a key piece of critical waste infrastructure
for Ireland as identified by the National Hazardous Waste Plan.
Mr Stuart McGown, Managing Director of SRM said -
“throughout Europe, this process has been an essential and critical
component in an integrated hazardous waste disposal strategy. We
are delighted at SRM to be playing a fundamental role in bringing
about this waste to energy project."
Indaver and SRM will also be working together visiting
customer sites and advising customers of the most cost effective
ways of processing their solvent waste streams. This will be achieved
by diverting as many streams as possible to recovery by distillation.
These streams will then be either recycled or used as raw materials
in the manufacture of items such as solvent based paint and screen-wash