Our founding philosophy, the circular economy
Our current economic system is based on a linear premise: it transforms raw materials into products to be destroyed at the end of their lifespan. The circular economy offers a radically different, circular approach: it is designed for optimum product and resource reusability and minimal value destruction.
Organic primary materials regenerate themselves without human intervention, but that's not the case with technical primary materials. Our challenge consists of also creating a cycle for these technical primary materials. Our GREEN LOOP model provides our colleagues with a framework within which they can put this philosophy into practice in a significant way.
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Vanheede Environment Group does all it can to render waste reusable as far as possible. Drawing on our founding philosophy, the circular economy, collected waste becomes a primary material or green energy once again. This is how we give a second life to recycled glass, plastic and rugs. Vanheede’s Quévy plant extracts biogas from waste by fermenting biomass; other parts of the waste are turned into pellets for wood-burning stoves and burners. At our company's plants, we use the sun, water and wind for our own energy production and surplus energy is fed into the electricity network.
“We are constantly innovating and investing in order to ensure the best possible upgrading of your waste.”
David Vanheede, CEO Vanheede Environment Group
The foundations of a circular economy
We can only break the linear model by taking a product's waste recycling possibilities into sufficient consideration during its design. We share the knowledge we have acquired in terms of waste upgrading with our clients so that together we can contribute to a circular economy.
As well as the design of the product, organising a communal recovery system is a founding principle of a circular economy. To do this, manufacturers and users sit down round a table with collectors and recycling companies. The circle can only really be completed if all stake-holders share their expertise. Vanheede Environment Group helps examine and define such models to create an effective recovery system.
Reducing our global, environmental impact
We have been working long and hard on reducing the global, environmental impact of our professional activities. As well as the CO2 impact, the toxicity of waste and their re-use as primary materials are major parameters. As far as our global (scope 1 and scope 2) CO2 assessment is concerned, most figures are already available for both treatment and transport. Obviously, transport has a major impact on our CO2 emissions. That is why our basic aim is to use combined transport as much as possible.
"We see Vanheede Environment Group as a reliable market player. Our collaboration is open, constructive and transparent - just as a real partnership should be. Vanheede's know-how is greatly appreciated, by other partners in Belgium and abroad as well. The fact that Vanheede is a family firm comes across very clearly in day-to-day dealings. Vanheede's staff make themselves available and aim first and foremost for quality work. Vanheede pays attention to men and women and to their values."
William Vermeir, Fostplus
Sustainable waste management - for you too?
As a pioneer in sustainability, Vanheede Environment Group positions itself as the ideal partner for socially responsible firms. We get pleasure out of turning your waste into something beautiful and are more than happy to check whether your waste streams are suited to recycling or some other form of waste upgrading. Tell us your story and we will shape it!