Why does Thermal Recycling (TR) make sense?

Why does Thermal Recycling® (TR) make sense? Waste Avoidance – Recycling – TR® – Zero Landfilling Hamburg – Amsterdam – Copenhagen 2006 Waste Recover...
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Why does Thermal Recycling® (TR) make sense? Waste Avoidance – Recycling – TR® – Zero Landfilling

Hamburg – Amsterdam – Copenhagen 2006 Waste Recovery Seattle Int’l (WRSI) is offering the opportunity to visit the City/State of Hamburg, Germany, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Copenhagen, Denmark to gain a full perspective and understanding of waste to energy and its most advanced form, Thermal Recycling®. This visit will clearly demonstrate the immense economic and environmental benefits offered by these processes in a sustainable society.

Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of this mission is to provide an opportunity to assess and explore the latest technological developments in the Waste-to-Energy field, such as used at the Thermal Recycling® facility Rugenberger Damm (MVR) in Hamburg. Germany has moved ahead of all other countries worldwide in the use of WTE and TR® as they have banned all untreated waste in landfills and have mandated that there will be no landfilling from 2015 forward. The German government has recognized the important benefits of WTE and TR® in reducing greenhouse gasses and recycling 100% of MSW. The trip will also include stops in Copenhagen and Amsterdam where significant use of WTE technology is also being utilized. Amsterdam will demonstrate the benefits of integrating the combining of sewage sludge into a WTE facility. A visit to a pyrolysis facility handling only MSW (the only one still operating in Europe), in Burgau, Germany is available upon request. A trip to a more common pyrolysis gasification facility that handles small portions of MSW and is connected to coal fired power plant and Anaerobic Digestion is included. These three cities are very interested in hosting the delegation as they look forward to sharing their successful waste management practices, their reasons, how they achieved them and challenges. Coordinating Organization: The coordinating organization is Waste Recovery Seattle Int’l. (WRSI). To accommodate individual calendars, two alternative schedules are offered. 1

Why Hamburg? Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city (after the capital, Berlin) with more than 1.7 million inhabitants and Germany’s most powerful and prominent business location. The City-State of Hamburg is one of the most dynamic centers of the German economy. Hamburg generates the highest per capita GDP of any German state. Hamburg's contribution to GDP is over 50% higher than the German average. What's more, over 70 of Germany's top 500 companies are from Hamburg. Around 100,000 firms and businesses are currently registered with Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Although internationally renowned names such as Airbus, Beiersdorf, Hapag Lloyd, Helm, Olympus, Otto Versand, Panasonic, Tchibo and the major German publishing houses continue to characterize Hamburg's economy, many global markets are also shaped by Hamburg's small and medium-sized firms. Due to Hamburg’s strategic location the international maritime court of the United Nations selected Hamburg as its headquarters.

The City-State of Hamburg is closely linked to its surrounding region. Each working day, some 300,000 people commute to Hamburg from the outlying districts, which are among the most prosperous and rapidly growing in the neighboring states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony. The city itself and these outlying districts make up Hamburg Metropolitan Region, which stretches from Cuxhaven at the mouth of the River Elbe in the north-west along the Elbe and through Lüneburg Heath to the borders of Saxony-Anhalt in the south-east, a region home to some four million people. Hamburg’s economy is dominated by the service industry with about three quarters of the workforce employed by this sector. Along with Toulouse in France, Hamburg is the center of the European aviation industry. It consists of three units: Development and manufacturing at the Daimler Chrysler Aerospace Airbus GmbH; Aircraft maintenance at the Lufthansa facilities; and operation of the Hamburg Airport as such. More than 30,000 people are involved in the Industry. With the decision to produce (final assembly) the A380, the largest aircraft in the world, Airbus put Hamburg on the map as one of the three largest airplane manufacturing cities in the world (next to Seattle, USA and Toulouse, France). Hamburg is also the home of the Research Facility DESY (Deutsche ElektronenSynchrotron) – The only facility in the world in which electrons and protons collide. This type of collision enables particles one-thousandth the size of the proton itself to be studied. From various measurements, the physicists are able to draw conclusions about the internal structure of the proton and the character of the fundamental forces of nature – and thus gaze deeper than ever before into the heart of the microcosm. 2

In Germany, the concept of waste incineration has been implemented and perfected for more than 100 years since the late 1800’s. Unlike municipal solid waste incinerators of the past, MVR has developed and incorporated the newest technologies in the Waste to Energy field. MVR has been in operation since 1999, and is consistently setting new standards in the Waste to Energy field that surpass environmental standards. A recent delegation from the City of Los Angeles (October 2004) has upgraded the term Waste-to-Energy in Hamburg to Thermal Recycling® because 100% of the waste input is reused/recycled. There are many controversies in the waste management field regarding landfilling and WTE. Modern landfills are in compliance with EPA regulations but do not sufficiently accommodate greenhouse gas reductions. WTE facilities on the other hand reduce greenhouse gasses significantly (one ton of GHG reduction for every two tons of MSW landfilled). EPA regulations for WTE are also much more stringent than landfill regulations. Before a decision is made to export the waste to a landfill, WRSI recommends this trip to see what significant new technological advancements have been made. You will also meet the former Environmental Minister of the City/State of Hamburg, Dr. Vahrenholdt. Prior to being elected to the Hamburg Senate, Dr. Vahrenholdt wrote a book that looked at WTE in a very derogatory way due to the release of Dioxins and Furans in the 1970’s and early 80’s. Since the early 1990’s Dr. Vahrenholdt realized the benefits and necessity of WTE in a sustainable waste management system. He is now one of the largest supporters of WTE. He left the Senate and is the managing shareholder of a large Wind-Turbine construction and placement company, RE-Power. In October 2004 RE-Power installed the largest wind-turbine in the world. The windturbine is a 5 Megawatt turbine and stands nearly 600 feet tall just outside the City/State of Hamburg. There are many more economical and environmental benefits to WTE over landfilling. This trip will show how and why.

Hamburg’s port is by far the most diversified harbor in Germany. It is home to Europe’s largest container port, with over 8 million TEUs annually, and is the sixth largest container port in the world.

Other attributes of Hamburg: • Almost all important Export and Import companies are headquartered in Hamburg. 3

• The world’s largest mail order company Otto Versand (Spiegel/Eddie Bauer) is headquartered in Hamburg. • All of the top financial institutions are represented in Hamburg. • After New York, Hamburg has the largest amount of consulates world wide. • Hamburg boasts the largest copper producing facility in Europe. • Another technological marvel, located in the Emsland near Hamburg is the test track of the Transrapid (magnetic train) that reaches speeds up to 500km/h. The Transrapid will rival travel by train at speeds of nearly an airplane thus rivaling airplane travel as well. • Hamburg only utilizes WTE/TR technology for dealing with MSW and sends no waste to landfills. Curbside recycling rates exceed 60%. Tentative Schedule and Itinerary: Weekday/date Day One Day Two

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Itinerary: Group One: Depart to Copenhagen, Denmark on Overnight Flight Mid-Day: Arrive Copenhagen Afternoon: Relax Evening: Reception/Dinner with Speaker AM: Tour WTE Facilities PM: Luncheon Speaker Evening: Depart for Hamburg Check into Hotel, Relax Group Two: Depart to Hamburg Visit Hamburg Recycling Center Visit Worlds Largest Wind Turbine (5 MW) or Airbus Plant Group Two: Arrives Hamburg PM Evening: Reception AM: Hamburg Waste Management PM: Tour Pyrolysis Gasification Plant attached to power plant Evening : Reception AM: 20 Minute trip Across the River Elbe to Thermal Recycling Facility MVR (Muellverwertung Rugenberger Damm) – Presentation and Tour Facility PM: Tour Worlds Largest Automated Container Port to see bottom ash application Evening: Reception with Speaker (Former Environmental Senator of the City/State of Hamburg) regarding why Waste-toEnergy makes sense and how it relates and supports recycling and political challenges encountered 4

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AM: Depart for Amsterdam PM: Tour Amsterdam Ecoport (WTE+) Evening: Reception/Dinner w/speaker Depart for USA or Burgau, Germany to see only operating pyrolysis plant Depart Burgau for USA

Trip Cost: We expect the cost for an eight day trip (without Burgau) is $4000. This price includes a hedge on airfares given the ever rising cost of fuel. Included: Air & Ground transportation, meals and accommodations. For Burgau, $500 should be added. For those that wish to spend additional time in Europe please let us know so that flight arrangements can be correctly booked. Registration: To register for the mission to Copenhagen, Hamburg and Amsterdam (or Hamburg/Amsterdam if taking the abbreviated trip) please complete the attached Delegation Participation Form and send it to WRSI and mail it to: 12623 SE 83rd. Ct. Newcastle, WA 98056. A deposit check for $1000 will be due January 15, 2006 with final payment due February 15th. A deposit receipt will be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact Philipp Schmidt-Pathmann at 206-686-3235 x. 1. Invoices for the balance will be mailed upon receipt of the deposit. The following is a timeline of key registration date based on anticipated departure of September 27, 2002. Key Dates for Registration: • December 15, 2005 – REGISTRATION Final Registration Date • January 15, 2006 - DEPOSIT Trip deposit of $1000 due to WRSI. • February 15, 2006 - FINAL PAYMENT Full Payment is due.

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