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ACR+ member SUEZ builds the first plant in Europe to recover non-ferrous metals from bottom ash produced by the waste-to-energy activities in the port area of Ghent in Belgium.

SUEZ produces new raw materials and alternative energy from waste, but also from bottom ash. Bottom ash is residue linked to combustion and the waste-to-energy process. It can be used for roads or runways or to produce stackable building blocks mixed with cement. Using the internally developed Valomet process, SUEZ is recovering fine non-ferrous metal particles of between 0 and 20 mm in size from bottom ash.

In early 2018, SUEZ started building a new industrial plant in the port of Ghent, Belgium. The new site is scheduled to be operational at the end of 2018. Its aim is to process up to 12,000 tonnes of fine metal particles a year by 2019. The materials processed will come from European countries, including Belgium, France, the UK and Poland.


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