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Veolia (France) goes all out for waste recovery in Flanders

Veolia, a French company specializing in ecological transformation, has opened a cutting-edge sorting line at North Sea Port Ghent in Flanders. The new installation makes sure that, every year, up to 35% of incoming industrial residual waste (around 21,000 tons) will be recovered for recycling into new raw materials. Worth a total of EUR 12 million, this investment created over 20 new jobs in the region.

Stricter regulations

With the new sorting line, the French Veolia Group is the first waste processor in Flanders to comply with increasingly stringent local regulations on the sustainable management of material cycles and waste materials. Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon, who applauds Veolia’s pioneering steps, officially inaugurated the new sorting line together with Ghent Mayor Mathias De Clercq.

The latest sorting technologies

The new line consists of the latest sorting technologies and is based on a unique operating concept. Various components – including sieves, magnets, recognition cameras as well as mechanical and optical separators – ensure optimal sorting. As a result, up to 35% of recyclable waste can be recovered.

This mainly includes dry residual waste from Flanders-based companies. Veolia then extracts reusable materials such as paper and cardboard, hard plastics, plastic films, wood, metals as well as less obvious waste flows like mattresses and polystyrene foam. 

Circular path

Once recovered from the waste streams, the extracted materials travel to local processors who then recycle them into new raw materials. The most local, circular solution is sought for each waste stream.

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12 December 2022

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