Waste over water
In the Netherlands, the close-knit structure of waterways is ideally suited to move waste. Flevoland and the area around Zaanstad, north of Amsterdam, transport some 140,000 tonnes a year of household waste by barge to the waste plant of Alkmaar. This amounts to 11,000 garbage containers and saves 5,500 truck movements a year. In Delft and The Hague some 100,000 tonnes of waste are transported by water to an incineration plant by means of a regular container service.
In Belgium, in Liège 50,000 tonnes of domestic waste are transported annually over the Meuse, and in Brussels 120,000 tonnes of incinerated waste (clinkers) is shipped to the Netherlands.
In the UK, London's waste is transported on barges replacing 100,000 lorry movements a year. New waterside state-of-the-art materials recycling facilities will process recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles, cans and plastics, and lead to a shift of over a million tonnes of refuse off the roads each year.