Bord na Móna - Source Issue 10 - (Page 12)

Six of the twelve composting tunnels at the new in-vessel composting faciltiy at Drehid fRoM wAsTe BoRD NA MóNA’s NEW iN-vEssEl CoMPosTiNg FACiliTy iN DREhiD Will CoNvERT BioDEgRADABlE WAsTE iNTo CoMPosT, ANoThER ExAMPlE oF ThE CoMPANy’s iNNovATivE APPRoACh To coMposT includes Anua’s Mónashell as the biofilter media. The new facility features cutting-edge technologies that have been developed and used in numerous similar facilities across mainland Europe – a further demonstration of Bord na Móna’s commitment to innovation. And in keeping with A New Contract with Nature and the company’s commitment to sustainability, ecocement was used in the construction of the facility and rainwater harvesting is used to provide fresh water to the composting process. Construction commenced in November 2010 and the first waste was accepted at the facility in January this year. This marked the beginning of the current commissioning phase, which facilitates the validation and approval of the facility by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in compliance with EU Animal By-Products Regulations. The plant will process food waste to the highest processing standard required, thereby facilitating the acceptance of a wide range of feedstocks. When fully operational, the facility will process 25,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste per year, including the contents of household brown bins (kitchen and garden waste) and food waste from restaurants, pubs and hotels. other commercial biowaste arising from the mandatory source separation of food waste in all commercial premises will also be accepted. The compost produced will initially be marketed as agricultural grade compost for land spreading or landscaping purposes. Resource Recovery has been working with horticulture to investigate the potential for using the compost as a peat substitute in growing media products. The facility has already proven useful as a marketing tool. Bord na Móna’s development of the composting facility was influential in establishing the company’s environmentally focused credentials during AEs’s recent acquisition of Wexford County Council’s waste collection services. B ord na Móna has developed an in-vessel composting facility at its Drehid Waste Management Facility in Co. Kildare. The new composting facility was part of the original planning permission for this waste facility in 2004. “Drehid was the site we used to enter the waste management arena,” said John Connolly, infrastructure Development Manager with Resource Recovery. “Essentially, we leveraged one of our own sites, Timahoe cutaway bog to provide a solution to the requirement for waste management infrastructure in Co Kildare and neighbouring regions.” The new in-vessel composting facility will assist ireland to meet its obligations to divert biodegradable waste from landfill, in accordance with the requirements of the EU landfill Directive. it is a fully enclosed, in-vessel tunnel system comprising waste reception and pre-treatment areas, 12 fully enclosed concrete composting tunnels with full leachate and process air control, a compost refining and screening plant, a pasteurisation tunnel for the destruction of pathogens, and a finished compost quarantine and storage area. The odour abatement system InfoRMATIon To find out more about how Bord na Móna maximises the re-use potential of managed waste products, click on Resource Recovery on S 12 | Source Summer 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bord na Móna - Source Issue 10

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 10
A round-up of news from around the company
Community Values
Looking Ahead with Confidence
From Waste to Compost
Saving Energy
Building Commitment
At the Coal Face
Annual Report Results
A Dog's Life
Updates on important developments and projects
Heritage Corner
A nationwide spotlight on special occasions, events and achievements across the company

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 10