Intermediate station and composting

Intermediate station and composting

REFA operates two environmental centres: Hasselø Environmental Centre and Gerringe Environmental Centre. They help to protect the environment. The centres annually receive 100,000 tonnes of waste which are registered and subsequently:

  • recycled
  • sent for incineration
  • deposited

In the past, a landfill was always the final destination. Today, the environmental centres sort mixed waste from the manufacturing and construction industries. The centres increasingly serve as intermediate stations in transition of waste to recycling or utilisation.

Whereas in the past, landfills grew quickly, today the trend is moving in the opposite direction. The environmental centres have the capacity for decades of waste processing and landfill.

Soil, pure wood and small combustible items
This applies to soil, etc., which may be contaminated. The soil remains in a waiting position, while it is analysed and its destination is determined.

Each summer, large volumes of wood and other types of small combustible waste are stored in an intermediate station at the environmental centres, from where it can be conveyed to the waste-to-energy CHP plant when the heating season begins and the district heat can be sold.

REFA's environmental centres are basically identical, but have a few differences.

It is possible to bring mineral waste, such as asbestos and insulation, to Hasselø Environmental Centre. Hasselø Environmental Centre also has a composting system for garden waste.

By contrast, REFA has established a biocomposting system at Gerringe Environmental Centre, which processes waste-water sludge.

Several important functions
In addition to registering and distributing the waste received for either recycling or landfill, the environmental centres in Gerringe and Hasselø also serve these functions:

  • an intermediate station for combustible waste before it is sent for incineration at the waste-to-energy CHP plant in Nykøbing Falster in winter
  • storing and sending pressure-treated wood to Germany for incineration
  • processing tree waste into chips for use in the incinerator at REFA's CHP plant
  • composting all green garden waste. The finished compost is used for soil improvement in agriculture and other uses. 
Facts about REFA's two environmental centresAnnually
Intermediate station for non-combustible waste15,000 tonnes
Reused waste20 tonnes
Sorted mixed waste3,500 tonnes
Landfill waste15,000 tonnes
Composted waste-water sludge6,500 tonnes
Composted tree waste16,000 tonnes
Reused pure wood5,000 tonnes
Reused rubble6,000 tonnes


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