AVR uses incineration to convert residual waste into energy and raw materials. Residual waste contains several chemical compounds which are released during combustion. These compounds can be found in the products and materials which are thrown away. A number of compounds are included in the smoke, 100% of which is sucked out, and cleaned in the flue gas washing installation.
Becoming climate neutral
AVR's ambition is to treat residual waste in a climate-neutral manner by 2025. We can realise this ambition by extracting as much energy as possible from the residual waste, thereby preventing the use of fossil fuels in the Netherlands. On the other hand, we will also review our own process and reduce our own energy use and we are working on an innovative project that aims to capture the CO2 from the smokestack and convert it into a new product. AVR considers CO2 to be a valuable raw material that can be used in glass production, horticulture and possibly in other industries.
No smokescreens, only transparent facts and figures. Because that is your right.
The standards for waste incineration in the Netherlands are among the strictest in Europe. All installations have a permit for treating waste by incineration with energy recovery. This permit limits the emission of environmentally damaging substances in the air via the smokestacks of the installation. The most important emissions are measured continuously.
The averages per half hour and per day are compared to the standards, and AVR manages the incineration process in such a way as to not exceed these standards. Twice a year, a certified agency measures whether the emission limit values are exceeded.
The values measured are registered and reported to the environmental protection agency DCMR or ODRA. Emission violations are reported immediately. These thorough company and governmental inspections determine the order of the day at AVR and show us how well we did our jobs.