Geminor to use trains to move RDF from Italy to Scandinavia

RDF will be sourced in Naples, which has a long history of issues related to waste compliance

Let the train take the strain, image copyright Geminor
Let the train take the strain, image copyright Geminor

Waste management firm Geminor has signed a deal to move refuse-derived fuel from Naples to Copenhagen by train. 

The firm said in an emailed statement, issued today, it had struck a deal with the municipality of Naples to take 10,000 tonnes of waste annually.

Earlier this year, Geminor confirmed it had taken a "test shipment" of 2,369 tonnes of sorted household waste, which has been converted to RDF from Naples to the Danish port of Sjelland. 

At the time the company said it was the first to move waste from Italy to Scandinavia, but the final destination of the waste is not confirmed. Last month, Geminor also said it was the first company to start moving waste by rail in Scandinavia.

Geminor country manager for Germany and Italy, Andreas Hefler, "The shift from ships to train transport is not very time saving, but is a more practical and sustainable alternative. The transport by electric trains is not only CO2-neutral compared to shipping and trailers, it is also more practical."

The RDF-transport on trains will come through Switzerland and Germany every second week, according to Geminor. Each load has 400 tonnes of RDF and the trip is calculated to take between one and two weeks. 

Train transport will become "increasingly important" for the waste industry, Hefler added due to growing market and a lack of truck drivers in Europe.

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