Our business unit, Resource Recovery, operates two waste transfer centres, three waste recovery facilities, a mixed dry recyclables recovery facility, a bio-waste facility and a landfill site. A range of advanced waste processing, segregation, treatment and recycling technologies are deployed at these waste facilities for the purpose of efficiently and economically extracting the maximum benefits from waste, and minimising waste for disposal.
In 2014, the AES Navan processing facility was modified to generate refuse derived fuel (RDF) from household and commercial residual waste. This RDF is mechanically treated to recover the higher calorific material which is then baled and exported to Europe and used in energy recovery facilities.
The AES Portlaoise facility, which reopened in 2014, is also dedicated to RDF production and plans are afoot to increase throughput capacity and maximise operational and logistical efficiencies in the south midlands region.
AES took over the management and operation of a waste licensed facility in Lusk, Co Dublin in July 2014. This facility is dedicated to the recovery of materials from primarily construction, demolition, commercial and industrial wastes (freeing up the Navan facility to concentrate on residual waste processing). The Lusk facility comprises sophisticated state of the art mechanical waste treatment technologies and boasts the highest recovery rates across the Resource Recovery group.
Segregation at source is key to effective recovery and reuse of waste materials. Early segregation and capture of this household kitchen and garden organic waste stream allows for the creation of a quality compost from the waste material. Our Waste Collection business, AES, offers a brown bin to the vast majority of our household and commercial customers – in line with Government policy and legislation on the provision of separate household (and commercial) kerbside biodegradable waste collection.
Composted organic waste material is sent to appropriately licensed and Dept. of Agriculture approved facilities where it is transformed into a marketable compost growing media or soil improver.
In 2012, Resource Recovery opened a bio-waste composting facility at Drehid. This facility processes 25,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste per year which it accepts from various waste collectors including AES.