Until now, waste management in Poland has relied mainly on landfill. This is one of the least-efficient methods of dealing with growing mountains of waste. Landfills not only take up large areas, but also disturb the landscape of the outskirts of many cities, emit landfill gas, pollute the soil and water with leachates and, first and foremost, prevent the reuse of the valuable energy raw material that is waste. Today's innovative processing technologies allow for more-ecological and efficient waste management. How? Thanks to thermal processing, which is commonly called incineration. Following many European cities that for many years have been successfully using incinerators, Poznań is implementing the project to construct the EfWP – Energy from Waste Plant in Poznań – with a view to the residents and the environment. The plant is being built in the vicinity of EC Karolin, at ul. Gdyńska.
The EfWP will change waste management both in Poznań itself, as well as in the surrounding communes. Why? Because it will annually process up to 210 000 tonnes of municipal waste; this is how much 100 000 families produce annually. The incinerator not only eliminates the problem of storing waste, but the thermal treatment process also produces electricity and thermal energy! The green energy produced in this manner will meet the annual demand of an estate in Poznań that houses several dozen thousand residents.
Benefits of the construction of the EfWP:
- Reduced waste going to landfill. Thanks to the EfWP, there will be up to 70-80% less
- Decreased landfill gas that is generated at landfills as a result of the storage of biodegradable waste
- Production of heat and power. Waste is a rich and inexhaustible energy source
- Benefits for residents. The heat generated during waste processing will reach the local heat network
- Complete safety. Thanks to the latest technologies used during construction, the EfWP will be completely safe.
- The emissions from the EfWP will be treated using the latest and most-technically advanced filters. Plants are designed and operated in such a manner that the permitted limits for gas emission into the environment are never exceeded
- Waste recovery. Incineration at the EfWP produces waste, including slags. After raw materials such as metals are recovered from them, they can then be reused in industry, e.g. in road construction
Did you know that:
- there are over 600 registered landfills in Poland?
- the first waste incinerator was created in England in 1870?
- there are currently over 400 waste incinerators in Europe?
- as much as 65% of waste is burned in incinerators in Denmark?