Since the beginning of this year, waste processors have had a lot of problems with empty laughing gas cylinders in the waste. These cylinders explode in the incinerators, causing major safety risks and damage. Every week, AEB receives approximately 2,000 tons of waste that may contain laughing gas cylinders.
As of this week, a large part of the waste that is normally taken to the AEB incineration plant will temporarily first be taken to another location. At this location, the waste is inspected for laughing gas cylinders and removed when found. This makes it clear where exactly the cylinders come from and they can be removed from the waste. With this, AEB is taking a major step towards gaining insight into the origin and numbers of laughing gas cylinders.
This week there will be a phased start. The ultimate goal is to ensure that laughing gas cylinders no longer occur in the waste. This removes the associated risks and damages for AEB. The inspections of the upcoming period should lead to a long-term solution.