UK waste-to-energy company Advanced Plasma Power (APP) has launched a joint venture with global waste management firm Group Machiels, to begin an enhanced landfill mining project in Houthalen-Hechteren, Belgium.
It is thought that up to 45% of the 16 million tonnes of waste at the Remo Milieubeheer landfill site is recyclable, the residual waste will then be passed into APP’s “Gasplasma” units.
The partnership will see the construction of five Gasplasma gasification and plasma conversion units, which turn waste into energy, syngas and a vitrified recyclate called “Plasmarok”, which the company claims can be used as a replacement aggregate or building material.
Advanced Plasma Power chief executive Simon Merriweather said: “This is a landmark project for Europe. We are working with Group Machiels in a joint venture that makes best use of our Gasplasma technology because we are able to provide a cost-effective and environmentally friendly waste-to-energy solution.”