Waste processing company SUEZ will start the construction of a new sorting line at its site in the Ghent seaport in June. Starting in spring 2022, this sorting line will be able to sort an additional 21,000 tons of recyclable waste from companies' residual waste annually, out of a total of 60,000 tons.
The additional sorting line will be highly automated, compared to the already active sorting lines at the SUEZ site in Liege that involve a great deal of manual work. A German machine builder is working on the design and the line will be equipped with magnets, screens, optical separators and quality control cabins. The investment by SUEZ amounts to more than 10 million euros and will create 24 additional jobs. Commissioning is scheduled for the spring of next year.
Flemish climate objectives
Dry residual waste from companies goes entirely to waste-to-energy plants, which convert the waste into energy and power. With the new automated sorting line, the sorted paper, cardboard, hard plastic, etc. will go to local processors who will reprocess them into new raw materials. A nice example of circular economy that will undoubtedly contribute to achieving the Flemish climate objectives and lower CO2 emissions. With this line, SUEZ can recycle 35 percent more bulky industrial waste on an annual basis. SUEZ made this investment during the transition period to comply with the Flemish government's new environmental legislation.