New 'Waste to Energy' Fuel Plant Gives Trash a Future

Israel RDF Waste Fuel Plant

Tel Aviv will have a new place to put their trash. Early this September, the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) plant took place at the Hiriya Recycling Park in the Dan region during the first International Waste Tech Conference.

The future RDF plant will be operational for 20 years, hoping to convert 540,000 tons of annual waste into fuel. The fuel is produced by shredding and dehydrating municipal solid waste (MSW) with a waste converter.

In an RDF plant, recoverable materials from waste, such as plastics, glass, and metals are sold. The other materials, like paper, are converted into an engineered fuel through a dry combustion process.

There are many benefits of RDF besides eliminating amounts of trash; RDF electricity has a lower carbon footprint, and the process does not emit any pollutants, rather it generates clean, green energy.

The plant will be costly, but the outcome is worth it. At a cost of NIS 400 million, the building and operation of the plant is funded by three different environmental groups: Veolia Environment, Hiriya Recycling Park, and Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises.

Nesher alone will receive 160,000 tons of RDF per year, which makes up about 15 percent of the fuel used in their factories.

RDF fuel is common and safe to use in cement factories, since the machines degrade any organic material.

Gila Oron, the head of the Tel Aviv region at the Interior Ministry, said that the ministry supports the construction of the plant. As well as Amir Peretz, who said “the process of waste separation at source is indeed beginning”.

Doron Sapir, chairman of Dan Municipal Sanitation Association has high hopes for what the new plant will bring to Israel. “This is proof that it is possible to transform garbage to gold and transform waste from a nuisance into a resource,” he said. The future RDF plant will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East, and one of the biggest in the world.

Sources:
Udasin, Sharon. “Furture Refuse Derived Fuel plant to transform half of Gush Dan’s waste into fuel” September 10, 2013. The Jerusalem Post. www.jpost.com