Argentina inaugurates first large-scale SRF Plant

ARX Arcillex S.A. has inaugurated Argentina’s first large-scale Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) production plant. The facility will enable the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfills, substitute fossil fuels for a renewable source of energy and reduce the country’s energy dependence

The AMBA (City of Buenos Aires plus 24 municipalities in the surrounding area) has a population of 13 million and generates a total of 16,000 tonnes of waste per day, between Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and non-hazardous Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Waste.
The Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires generates over 16,000 tonnes of waste every day. Some of this can be bio-stabilised, more can be recycled by social cooperatives and over 30% of the waste can be recovered for SRF production, thereby reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill.
Of the 4 sanitary landfills created by the Coordinadora Ecológica Área Metropolitana Sociedad del Estados (CEAMSE), one has already been closed, and a further two are scheduled for closure in the near future. In the medium-term, this will leave just one landfill in operation to process 16,000 tonnes of waste per day. The situation requires an urgent solution to be selected from new waste management alternatives, one of which is energy recovery.
The challenge facing ARX Arcillex is to convert the waste from industry, commerce, municipalities and consumers into a sustainable, widely available source of energy, as a substitute for gas or fuel oil, for use in cement kilns, or for the generation of electricity.
The new SRF production plant is located in the district of José L. Suárez, in the Province of Buenos Aires. It receives approximately 1,200 to 1,500 tonnes per day of C&I waste (containers, packaging, textile cuttings, scraps, pallets and other non-hazardous waste associated with production processes and commercial consumption). 25% of this waste is used to produce SRF and the remainder is reserved for future use in the plant’s proprietary landfill.

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Article published in: FuturENVIRO #34 October2016