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UMICORE

Excellence in recycling

Umicore
  • Tue 8 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00
  • Tue 8 Sep

    13.30 - 18.00

Umicore Precious Metals Refining operates as one of the world's largest precious metals recycling facilities. This business unit of Umicore is the world market leader in recycling complex waste streams containing precious and other non-ferrous metals.

We offer eco-efficient recycling and refining services for precious metal bearing materials such as by-products from other non-ferrous industries (e.g. drosses, mattes, speiss, anode slimes), consumer and industrial recyclable products (e.g. electronic scrap, spent auto catalysts , spent industrial catalysts, sweeps and bullions).

We recover and sell precious metals (silver, gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium), special metals (indium, selenium, tellurium), secondary metals (antimony, tin, bismuth) and base metals (lead, copper, nickel). We put them back in the cycle for a better life.

 

ISVAG

Waste to energy

ISVAG - Waste To Energy
  • Tue 8 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00
  • Wed 9 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00

ISVAG was set up as an inter-municipal company in 1975. Today, it handles the household refuse of more than one million people.

The ISVAG Waste-to-Energy plant in Wilrijk started its operations in 1980. Substantial, continuous investments have kept the facility up-to-date. The company is always seeking the best available techniques for processing the waste in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. All investments are made to protect the environment in the future. Or would it be better to say "the future of the environment"?

These efforts deliver a "clean" result. Today, ISVAG has the best available technology for treating waste in a sustainable, environmentally-sound way, and the furnaces meet the most stringent Flemish standards and European directives.

Combustion is only a part of ISVAG’s operations. It leads to the recovery of valuable, renewable energy. In 1995, ISVAG signed an agreement with Electrabel for the construction and operation of an energy recovery facility. It provides enough electricity for more than 25 000 households all year round.

 

IOK

Waste Management

IOK Waste Management
  • Tue 8 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00
  • Tue 8 Sep

    13.30 - 18.00

IOK Waste Management is an association of 29 community’s  with half a million inhabitants in the North East of Flandres.

IOK Waste Manegement was an early adapter of seperate collection (since 25 years) and as a result the region has a very high recycling rate. 73% of the overall waste is collected separatly and recycled. IOK Waste Management has the lowest rest waste figures in Flandres. This mixed household waste is processed in a MBT facility. This facility is the result of a collaboration of 2 intermunicipalities: IOK and IVAREMA. Mechanical Biological Treatment system combines a form of biological treatment (composting – aerobic digestion) with a (mechanical) sorting facility. The output of the MBT is a mix of SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel), metals and inert materials. The capacity of the facility is about 120.000 tons a year.

 

Stora Enso

 

Stora Enso
  • Tue 8 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00
  • Wed 9 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper on global markets. Its customers include packaging, joinery and construction industries as well as publishers, printing houses and paper merchants.

Our aim is to replace non-renewable materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. Our focus is on fibre-based packaging, plantation-based pulp, innovations in biomaterials, and sustainable building solutions.

The Group has some 27 000 employees in more than 35 countries, and is publicly traded in Helsinki and Stockholm. Our sales in 2014 were EUR 10.2 billion, with an operational EBIT of EUR 810 million.

We use and develop our expertise in renewable materials to meet the needs of our customers and many of today’s global raw material challenges. Our products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many products made from non-renewable materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. Being responsible – doing good for the people and the planet – underpins our thinking and our approach to every aspect of doing business.

 

Port of Antwerp

 

Port of Antwerp
  • Tue 8 Sep

    13.30 - 18.00
  • Wed 9 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00

Antwerp Port Authority plays an important role in the day-to-day operation of the port, enabling it to occupy a leading position in Europe and indeed the world. Together with the port community the Port Authority seeks to achieve this in a sustainable manner with care for the environment, people and the surrounding area. As the engine of the Flemish economy the port of Antwerp also plays a pioneering role in collecting and processing not only ship’s waste but also industrial waste, thus closing the cycle of materials. Antwerp is also the European hub for imports and exports of waste materials that are recycled to useful products or intermediates. Everything is possible at the port of Antwerp.

 

Hooge Maey

Landfill

Hooge Maey
  • Tue 8 Sep

    13.30 - 18.00
  • Wed 9 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00

Landfill Hooge Maey: sustainability as a guiding principle The 'Intermunicipal Association Hooge Maey' is a joint authority created to treat non-hazardous residual waste in an environmentally and economically sound manner at its landfill site, located in Antwerp port area. This public-private partnership uses sustainability, in all its facets, as the guiding principle in all its activities. It regards corporate social responsibility as a continuous learning process where sustainability is consciously integrated into daily operations and where standards are being constantly raised. Hooge Maey closes loops where this is possible. Two major examples of this are the landfill gas valorisation and the algae plantation. Click here for a 50 seconds-videopresentation of Hooge Maey or visit us at www.hoogemaey.be. Our website is available in Dutch and English.

 

Indaver

 

Indaver
  • Tue 8 Sep

    13.30 - 18.00
  • Wed 9 Sep

    09.30 - 12.00

At its site in Antwerp, Indaver ensures the safe final treatment of all types of hazardous and industrial waste. We process both liquid and solid waste in our specialised plant. We deposit the residues safely in our landfill.

The three rotary kilns in Antwerp provide thermal treatment for industrial and hazardous waste that is not eligible for recycling. One of these is MediPower®, which treats medical waste in a safe and sustainable manner.

Indaver uses the steam released by the incineration of this waste to heat its own buildings or for neighbouring companies, such as Amoras, the dewatering installation in Port of Antwerp. After conversion, the electricity is used for its own installations or supplied to the grid.

Rotary kilns are important links in the circular economy for Indaver, because they help keep the product and material chains clean and safe by neutralising hazardous or harmful components. The physicochemical units at the Antwerp plant treat industrial liquid and solid inorganic waste. These units neutralise acids and bases, oxidise cyanides, reduce chromates and immobilise heavy metals.

Indaver treats solvents for recycling in a thin film evaporator. After this treatment, the purified solvents can be reused. The unit guarantees a high yield and top quality. Landfill disposal is the last option in sustainable waste management, but it does remain necessary for waste flows that cannot be put to beneficial use or treated thermally. There is a category 1 landfill in Antwerp. Hazardous waste and residues from the incineration and/or treatment of waste are disposed of in this landfill.