New waste management facilities offer huge environmental benefits – and a power boost

A project to develop two plants in Białystok, north-east Poland which can handle, treat and store a variety of waste will also provide the district with hot water and electricity.

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One of the facilities, based at the village of Hryniewicze, includes the following:

  • a composting centre;
  • a centre for sorting selectively collected waste;
  • a waste treatment plant;
  • a dismantling centre for bulky waste with a capacity of 2 500 tonnes/year;
  • storage facilities capable of dealing with 2 000 tonnes/year of hazardous waste; and
  • storage for waste that has been processed.

Work here also includes the closure and rehabilitation and existing landfill sites, along with the modernisation of a biodegradable-waste composting plant.

Turning rubbish into heat

The other facility is at Białystok’s municipal waste disposal site. A thermal waste treatment plant will incinerate mixed municipal waste following the segregation of waste generated from the maintenance of green spaces, selectively collected raw materials, hazardous waste, bulky waste and construction waste. The plant being developed has the capacity to handle 120 000 tonnes of waste per year, and its main features include:

  • an innovative horizontal grate – the design of which has been tested across the world – that allows waste of different calorific values to be incinerated;
  • an integrated furnace with recovery boiler;
  • an extraction system that provides for the optimal recovery of energy contained in waste, which is then turned into hot water for the local heating network and electricity for the public grid.

In addition, an exhaust purification system which meets the most stringent emission requirements is deployed to reduce nitrogen oxide outputs. Meanwhile a semi-dry flue gas cleaning system cuts down emissions of acidic impurities, dust, heavy metals, dioxins and furans.

The entire project is expected to generate 10 jobs during the implementation phase and 37 posts upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Integrated solid waste management for Białystok agglomeration” is EUR 162 881 401, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 52 189 473 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority “Waste management and the protection of the earth”.

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