A solid fuel produced by shredding municipal solid waste (MSW). Noncombustible materials such as glass and metals are generally removed prior to making RDF. The residual material is sold as-is or compressed into pellets, bricks, or logs. 

RDF processing facilities are typically located near a source of MSWVarious countries are facing a severe energy shortage crisis this year. The dwindling resources of energy has forced many industries to look for alternate fuels. Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) is now being considered as a primary source of alternate energy  globally. The advent of RDF technology was primarily aimed at reducing the amount of solid wastes being produced in the country. However the recent shortage and high prices of fossil fuels has suddenly created massive demand for this product.

RDF plants recover recyclables from bulk waste and prepare the residual waste into a high calorific material so that it can be burnt as a fuel. This high-calorie material is called refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and it is suitable for burning at cement kilns, incinerators  steam boilers power plants  and other plants requiring input fuel such as hotels etc too

The advantages of  RDF production plants

  • Recovery of recyclables otherwise going to landfill
  • Avoidance of Landfill tax by diverting bulk waste from landfill
  • The ability to process multiple waste streams e.g. industrial waste, aggregates and household waste over the same system
  • An environmentally-friendly process
  • Helps waste operators comply with the EU’s Landfill Directive & new anti pollution laws world wide as land fills create ground water contamination 
  • 24-hour operation possible
  • Low manual labour around the plant
  • Advancing automated processes and sorting machines mean low levels of labour across the plant
  • We design the plant to produce RDF to the exact calorific value needed by the operator
  • What is RDF?

RDF stands for Refuse-Derived Fuel because it is produced by the treatment of turning bulk waste into a high-calorie fuel.

Why produce RDF?

Alongside MBT, composting and Autoclaving, producing RDF offers waste operators another means of avoiding both the high costs of disposing bulk waste in a landfill site and the unwanted tag of being environmentally unfriendly. By diverting waste from Landfill, the waste operators will also comply with the increasingly influential Landfill Directive, a piece of legislation from the EU & also comply with new strict anti pollution laws globally in place as land fills create severe ground water contamination 

Why not just burn the bulk waste?

There are two reasons that turn the burning of bulk waste into a disadvantage. Firstly, the recyclable fraction within the bulk waste is a valuable resource and burning it is a waste, environmentally.Burning also creates lots of ash dust in the atmosphere & toxins in the atmosphere. This is why recycling comes higher in the government’s waste hierarchy than incineration. Secondly, bulk waste is notoriously variable, or non-homogenous, in terms of its make-up as well as being damp and often large and unwieldy. This causes big problems during the incineration process in terms of low and inconsistent energy content

What’s does an RDF plant do to the waste?

As an overview, an RDF plant will recover the recyclable content and remove the non-combustibles (mainly the organics) to deliver a dry, high calorie, uniform material for consistent, powerful burning. The RDF can be produced as pellets

Who uses RDF?

The RDF will often power a generator on site or it can be sold as a fuel to energy plants, cement kilns, incinerators etc. It can be sold to power stations as a fill-in material.