The process of treating and recovering waste allows bringing new life to raw materials and obtaining products that return to the production and consumption cycle. This reality reinforces and demonstrates the feasibility of a circular economy, which in practice enables saving virgin raw materials and promoting the use of secondary raw materials. At EGF, this process has been a part of our DNA for several years. The production processes are designed and operated to ensure that their by-products are used with maximum efficiency.
The products resulting from the recovery of waste which are available to the market, are MATERIALS to recycle, ORGANIC FERTILISERS, AGGREGATE from waste incineration and ENERGY.
At EGF, energy production is a vector of innovation, and all the energy produced through waste is exported to the national power grid. That energy is produced by the Valorsul’s energy recovery plant, but also in the sanitary landfills and in anaerobic digestion facilities existing in various parts of the country. EGF’s energy production in 2019 amounted to 501 GWh/year.
Collecting and sending for recycling raw materials with so many value-adding possibilities is a daily task which includes the following materials: paper and cardboard; glass; plastic packaging (film, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), expanded polystyrene (EPS), mixed plastics and cardboard packaging for liquid food); metal packaging (aluminium and steel); non-urban plastics and/or non-packaging plastics; non-packaging metals; wood; and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). These materials, after separation in our sorting facilities, are forwarded to the recycling industry.
EGF - Environmental Global Facilities is the Portuguese company that provides the majority of national production of valued agricultural organic concealers in treatment units from the north to south of the country.
EGF Organic Concealers are natural products without chemical additives that have a very positive effect on crop growth and yield, increasing the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil, such as water retention, aeration and the increase and diversification of the soil's microbiological activity.
In 2019 EGF secured the production of 24,000 tonnes of organic correctives, which were used in arboreal and shrubby crops, namely vineyards, orchards, olive groves and forest species.
Depending on their class, as provided for in current legislation, these concealers are also used in agriculture (arable and horticultural), in soils for bioenergetic crops, floriculture, green spaces, football and golf fields, and as land cover and landscape integration.
In the concept of circular economy, organic waste is entirely used as a resource for the production of soil improvers, fertilizer elements, cultivation/germination substrates and the development of other innovative products.
The reuse of these organic wastes allows the replacement of the use of mineral fertilisers produced using hydrocarbons, the partial or total replacement of the use of peat and phosphate rich mineral rocks.
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The aggregate for road construction is a product resulting from the energy recovery of municipal waste from the Lisbon area, which also goes through treatment and recovery of slags in a dedicated facility. Obtaining this product follows a strict production control in the factory, which results in Aggregate 0/31,5 (AEIRU – Agregado artificial proveniente de Escórias de Incineração de Resíduos Urbanos – Artificial Aggregate resulting from Municipal Waste Incineration Slags), whose production is in accordance with the specifications of NP EN 13242:2002 + A1:2010. This construction product, with CE Marking, is intended for use in road construction, namely for unbound base and sub-base layers of road paving. Aggregate 0/31,5 (AEIRU) is submitted to regular testing in order to ensure that the product placed on the market is in accordance with the characteristics declared in its Declaration of Performance.
The EGF RDF is the final material that results from the process of sorting, mechanical and biological treatment, after removing all recoverable materials. This material has a high calorific value and can be used as fuel instead of the use of fossil fuels. It consists mainly of plastics, paper products, rubbers, textiles and wood that cannot be recycled. The use of RDF allows a significant reduction of CO2 emissions, and in Portugal there is already a consumer market for RDF that includes cement plants, thermoelectric power plants, pulp and paper industry or the ceramic industry.