Our approach to integrated waste management
involves recovering materials from waste
where pos sible and closing the loop by finding
ways to utilise residual waste and to substitute
Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)
Our MBT plants shred and sort waste and
re cover valuable secondary raw materials. The
MBT process produces different qualities of refuse-
derived fuel (RDF), which are tailored to
Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF)
RDF replaces traditional fossil fuels in appli -
cations such as the cement industry and combined
heat and power plants (CHP).
Nehlsen’s CHP plant in Stavenhagen was
among the first RDF-fuelled CHP units in Germany.
Planned, built and financed by Nehlsen,
the plant was commissioned after a construction
period of only 15 months in August
2007. The plant provides the entire energy demand
for the neighbouring food-processing
plant of Unilever (Pfanni).
Every year 100 000 tonnes of RDF are used to
guarantee the steam and power supply for the
Pfanni site, while surplus energy is fed into the
national grid. The switch from traditional fossil
fuels to RDF at this site saves around 11 000
tonnes of CO2 per year.