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Onsite waste-to-energy plant has been put into operation at Blue Paper mill

Photo: VPK
Photo: VPK
Published by
Simon Matthis - 20 May 2019

VPK has commissioned its new power plant at the Blue Paper site in Strasbourg. The ambitious project, for which 25 million euros were invested, enables the site to convert its own residual materials into thermal energy and will reduce natural gas consumption significantly.

Blue Paper produces more than 1000 tons of packaging paper every day, using exclusively recycled fibres. The fibres are gained through a recycling process that extracts and purifies reusable paper fibres and separates them from residual materials.

These residual materials – a combination of mainly non-reusable fibres, plastics  and other materials – were previously transported to an offsite recycling unit.

With the new onsite power plant, this transport has become superfluous “All 25,000 tonnes of annual residue will be converted into steam on site, keeping 500 trucks per year off the road”, explains Johan Dhaese, head of Energy and Environment “We will use the steam to dry the new paper. This way we’re saving the majority of the natural gas consumption and making optimum use of all material flows.”

With this investment, VPK aims to close the sustainable loop completely, from the collection of materials throughout the complete production process.