It is expected that close to 70 per cent of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Currently, solid waste landfills in and around cities are contributing to high levels of air pollution, which has a negative effect on the health of millions of people around the world. Additionally, as global population growth is increasing rapidly, the consumption of resources for material goods is skyrocketing. This creates an urgent need for us to rethink the way we dispose of waste in the cities.
Urban waste represents a largely untapped source of recyclable materials for production, reusable goods as well as a source of both heat and electricity when properly utilised in efficient waste-to-energy plants. Along with the numerous environmental and health issues caused by our consumption and disposal patterns, this must be addressed to help shape the liveable and sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant
Challenge Located on the outskirts of Shenzhen – the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will incinerate 5,000 tonnes of waste per day, generating 550 million kWh every year. With a population of 20 million Shenzhen produces 15,000 tonnes of waste a day, a number that is increasing approximately 7% per year. To counteract this Shenzhen Energy […]
Unique facility for fly ash recycling inaugurated
On November 17, Stena Metall, together with the Danish company Vestforbrænding, inaugurated the world’s first full-scale HaloSep plant. The plant converts fly ash from incineration processes into useful resources such as metals and salt, as well as purified fly ash. The ash is today classified as a hazardous waste that may only be disposed of in special landfills. The facility is part-financed by EU-LIFE.
Still great potential for the industry to contribute to a circular economy
The global transition towards a circular economy can not only reduce negative impacts on the environment and the climate, but also holds great potential for the competitiveness of Danish companies. Nonetheless, a new Danish Metal survey among union representatives reveals that many companies in the industry are not fully exploiting the profitable opportunities.
Denmark Without Waste
We incinerate an enormous amount of waste in Denmark; waste which we could get much more out of by more recycling and better recycling. Now, we are going to change this. The Government has set a goal that in 2022 we will be recycling 50 % of our household waste. This means that we will […]
Danish companies take action to reduce food loss and waste
Some of Denmark’s largest companies in the food industry are, together with nonprofits Stop Wasting Food and The Danish Food Bank, gathering companies and consumers in the fight against food waste. Their goal is to halve food loss and waste by 2030.
Making the most of waste in the City of Copenhagen
By putting in place an integrated programme over many years, Copenhagen now sends less than 2 per cent of waste to landfill. Approximately 45 per cent of the waste is recycled and maximum use is made of the residual waste to generate heat for the city’s district heating network. The City of Copenhagen’s new resource […]
Plastic Bags Are More Environmentally Friendly
A new study by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency concludes that grocery bags made of plastic are more environment friendly than the alternatives made of paper, bio plastic and cotton – even if they are only used once. To achieve zero environmental impact, a cotton bag has to be recycled 7100 times and a bio plastic bag 42 times.