GEMINOR UK handled over 46,000 tonnes of waste for material and energy recovery in July, which is a company record for the summer months. This represents a 75 per cent increase from July 2021. ” Scandinavian recipients are now preparing for a season of energy shortages,” says Oliver Caunce, Senior Account and Development Manager at Geminor UK (pictured).
Geminor UK is currently experiencing a sharp increase in demand for material for energy and material recycling, both nationally and for export. Data from July shows that Geminor UK increased its handling of waste volumes for recycling and recovery from 26,400 tonnes in 2021 to 46,275 tonnes this year, which is a 75 per cent increase and a company record for the summer months.
Of the total volumes handled in July, 10,393 tonnes of waste wood, RDF and MSW were delivered to UK plants. Exports from the UK reached a total of 35,885 tonnes, which included RDF, SRF and wood delivered from Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. Geminor loaded 11 bulk carriers from six different ports during the month of July.
By comparison, Geminor handled 6,319 tonnes for UK plants and 20,101 tonnes material for export in July last year.
From fall to sudden growth
According to analysiscompany Footprint Services, Geminor has long retained its position as the largest exporter of RDF and SRF from England. However, the first six months of 2022 have shown a moderate fall in exported RDF, primarily to Scandinavia.
However, an abrupt growth in demand in July represents a change in this development, and is primarily related to the need for energy security in the coming winter, explains Oliver Caunce.
“The Nordic WtE facilities are preparing for some countries to enter recession, and thus have less local waste available. Any form of energy production that does not have ties to Russia is therefore beneficial at the moment. Markets that are usually on hiatus in the summer, such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway, are now in full swing storing waste-based fuel for the coming winter.
“There has also been considerable unrest in the German waste market due to geopolitical and macroeconomic factors. This has motivated some recipients to import through the summer due to future uncertainty around the supply, he said.
Caunce expects demand to continue throughout the autumn.
“We are following the market particularly closely as we enter a more unpredictable period. Further developing our supply chains and supplier bases will be important in our efforts to obtain enough material for energy and material recycling across Europe in the coming season.”