Facts about REFA

Resources, Energy, Future, Accountability

REFA is a modern waste-management and energy company that disposes of refuse, ensures recycling and generates energy in a responsible, conscientious manner.
REFA's underlying business concept rests on four cornerstones: Collection of waste, generation of energy, incineration and waste management

REFA collects and processes waste from all over Lolland-Falster. In addition, we also receive refuse and waste collected by several waste-management companies on Zealand. Most of the waste is converted into energy or is recycled as raw materials. Only a limited segment of waste is deposited in a landfill or sent for special processing.
REFA's day-to-day activities can be divided into five main areas: 

  • Incineration of waste with associated generation of energy
  • Depositing of waste with associated subsidiary activities at the same facility
  • Collection of household waste, recyclable materials and special waste from both private households and businesses
  • Operation of recycling centres
  • Generation and distribution of district heating

Refuse collection
The waste-collection task consists of helping Lolland-Falster dispose of its waste in a low-cost, efficient and not least responsible manner. Private individuals, businesses and institutions can entrust REFA with their waste with a clear conscience.

REFA processes waste collected from 54,000 households, 11,000 holiday homes and 4,000 businesses in Lolland–Falster.
REFA gives priority to providing good, efficient service, individual options, competitive prices, satisfied customers and not least environmentally-responsible waste processing.
Private individuals and businesses can entrust REFA with their waste with a clear conscience. Whether it is the rubbish bag under the kitchen sink or waste delivered to one of our 20 recycling centres, residents can rest assured that their waste will be processed in an eco-friendly, professional and reliable manner.

Energy is a growing business area. In future, the focus will be on the generation of electricity and heat based on CO2-neutral energy sources. REFA has strong expertise in safe, clean and proper management of incineration plants. This also explains why the operation of biogas plants and district heating facilities is a growing REFA business area.

REFA has always been a producer of energy, initially in the form of district heat from the waste-to-energy plant in Nykøbing Falster and from 1999 in the form of electricity from this same facility. Subsequently, these activities have been widened to also include the generation of wood-chip or straw-based district heating at the Nykøbing F. Biomass Plant, Stubbekøbing District Heating Plant, Holeby Straw Heating Plant, Horbelev District Heating Plant, and Maribo-Sakskøbing District Heating Plant. The most recent addition is the generation of biogas which is converted to district heating and electricity at the Kettinge Utility Company.
The generation of energy is a growing business area for REFA. Therefore, we have gathered these activities (except for waste incineration) in an independent company named REFA Energi.
From now on, we would like to operate even more CO2-neutral district heating plants. We would also like to generate other types of renewable energy, such as energy generated by solar panels, solar cells and heat pumps. Our goal is to provide even more users in Lolland  and Falster with public energy supplies.
We believe that there are sizeable economies of scale to be achieved by operating these plants in a common organisation. Year-round, round-the-clock monitoring from the central control room in Nykøbing Falster is one example; joint procurement of fuel is another. These types of economies of scale benefit users, because the companies must be self-financing.

The waste-incineration market is also changing. As we gradually become better at sorting and recycling waste, the volumes of waste to be incinerated will also decline, all other factors being equal. REFA maintains unwavering focus on improving the waste-incineration process. This means optimising the fuel economy and minimising the environmental impact.

REFA is a waste-incineration expert. We can say this without blushing. Since 1982, we have amassed substantial expertise in efficient, environmentally responsible incineration of waste.
We operate the waste-to-energy plant in Nykøbing Falster with a steady hand. Waste collected from all over Lolland, Falster and parts of Zealand is incinerated at high temperatures to maximise the utilisation of the waste's thermal value and achieve as clean an incineration process as possible. The incineration process is constantly monitored from the control room.
REFA extracts all the energy from the waste, and residual products such as exhaust gas, ashes and cinders comply to the letter with all regulations and threshold values.
In recent years, we have chosen to further utilise our expertise to run more district-heating plants that generate energy from burning wood chips and straw. The district-heating plants are jointly operated by REFA Energi A/S. 

Waste is a commodity and a resource. In a world where we are becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the climate and the environment, we are intensifying our focus on sorting and recycling our waste. We do this both to protect the environment and to conserve resources. REFA is aware of the opportunities this provides and the demands it imposes on the company.

Waste is more than just garbage to be disposed without further ado or driven to a landfill. Waste is a resource that must be properly processed, handled and wherever possible recycled. whether directly or indirectly.
REFA specialises in state-of-the-art collection, reception and processing of waste. Efficient sorting makes it possible to use most waste for energy or recycling. Only waste that cannot be incinerated or recycled is brought to REFA's environmental centres.
REFA also specialises in converting sludge from waste-treatment plants into compost of high fertilisation value. In addition, REFA co-owns a number of companies specialised in processing special waste.


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