Van Gansewinkel gives more than 93 percent of waste a second life

Source: Van Gansewinkel Groep

Eindhoven, The Netherlands — In 2014, van Gansewinkel again succeeded in giving 93 percent of waste a second life as raw material or energy. That emerged from the Sustainability Report 2014, published by the waste service provider, recycler and supplier of high-quality secondary raw materials. By recycling waste and recovering raw materials, Van Gansewinkel has prevented over 1.19 Mt of CO2 emissions in the production chain.

Van Gansewinkel’s most important objective in the field of sustainability is increasing the percentage of waste which gets a second life which this has a direct link to its „Waste No More“ vision. As such, it is its objective to increase the proportion of raw materials recovered from 64.1 percent in 2014 to 75 percent in 2020. These gains will mainly come from recovering raw material from streams which are now converted into energy.

Sustainability Goals

Van Gansewinkel has raised its sustainability goals as well as setting itself long-term objectives. The key figures from 2014 include:

  • Total amount of waste that gets a second life: 93.2 percent (the same as 2013)
  • Waste usefully recovered as green energy: 19.2 percent (2013: 18.8 percent)
  • CO2 emissions prevented: 1.19 Mton (2013: 1.14 Mton)
  • Male to female ratio: 83 percent vs. 17 percent (the same as 2013)
  • Net Promoter Score Customers: 12 percent (2013: 4 percent)
  • Energy consumption of its own sites: -2.7 percent (vs. 2013)
  • CO2 emissions company vehicles: -7.1 percent (vs. 2013)
  • Customer satisfaction: 8.4 percent (2013: 8.2 percent)

Van Gansewinkel wants to achieve its ambitious goals in close cooperation with its customers. The waste recycler optimises waste management for its customers and provides advice and inventive means of collection with the lowest possible amount of waste. Separately collecting waste streams is currently the best way to recover raw materials from waste.

A number of new investments

New and improved technologies are resulting in more and better quality recovered raw materials. For this reason, Van Gansewinkel invested in a new site for plastic recycling in Waalwijk in 2014. The new production lines, which were put into operation in late 2014, are better able to sort the plastic by colour and new technology was installed for specific plastics from electronics recycling, such as ABS.

A number of significant new investments have already been made in 2015, which support Van Gansewinkel’s sustainability goals. The largest investment has been the complete renovation of the glass recycling plant Maltha glass recycling in Dintelmond, which will be officially opened later this year. In addition, Van Gansewinkel has opened a brand new site with a sorting line for commercial waste in Turnhout, it has added new collection vehicles to its fleet and the renovation of its sorting location in Amsterdam is in full swing.

The full sustainability report can be downloaded under

Source: Van Gansewinkel Groep