Meerlanden gas, heating and compost from green waste

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In 2011, Meerlanden opened a special fermentation plant to convert green waste into raw materials, with financing from a consortium of BNG Bank, Rabobank and Triodos. The loan was covered by a municipal guarantee scheme, meaning that half of it could be guaranteed by a municipality.

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The waste and recycling company in the town of Rijsenhout in North Holland services 118,000 households. After starting out as the waste disposal provider for Aalsmeer and Hoofddorp, Meerlanden has grown into an entity controlled by nine municipalities. Meerlanden fulfils both a public and a private function, acting as both client and shareholder.

50,000 TONNES OF GREEN WASTE

Every year, 50,000 tonnes of green waste is fermented, then composted. During the fermentation process biogas is released. Meerlanden converts it to green gas of natural gas quality in a gas reprocessing facility.

PETER BORGHSTIJN, A PUBLIC FINANCE ACCOUNT MANAGER FROM BNG BANK, AT THE FERMENTATION PLANT

There are four gas filling stations across the region where vehicles can fill up with Meerlanden gas. Certificates issued by Vertogas prove that the gas is green gas. One-third of Meerlanden's refuse lorries run on the green waste that they collect.

The residual product left after the fermentation process is turned into compost and CO2 for horticultural use. Hot water heats greenhouses and road sweeper lorries spray process water to clean streets.

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