Refuse Derived Fuel

Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) production is an essential and integral part of a modern society’s waste management options.

RDF is produced from various types of waste such as municipal solid waste (MSW), industrial or commercial waste and is a clear example of converting a problem into a recyclable resource.

Organics has over 20 years of experience in recovering energy from municipal solid waste. Organics designs, builds, installs and commissions refuse derived fuel system specific to the needs of each location.

Every waste stream is different and requires a complete analysis of the waste to determine the equipment required to create a quality RDF product.

The objective is to produce a quality waste derived fuel which can be used as a coal substitute for power production and the heating of cement kilns.

Building Projects Since 1985

Organics has been in the waste-as-a-resource business for over thirty years. During this time the company has provided over five hundred projects around the world with equipment to make beneficial use of a wide range of waste types. It has been a logical extension of Organics’ scope to develop Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) equipment and facilities.

Three Steps to Success

Project Assessment

We assess your requirements and propose the best way to manage resources.

Project Delivery

Fabrication and installation according to our high standards of quality assurance

Care and Attention

Post-installation care and attention, maintenance, operation and optimisation

The Importance of RDF as a Fuel

RDF production is an essential and integral part of a modern society’s waste management options. By means of a range of transformative processes, waste can be converted into a useful product which can replace high-grade fossil fuels. Subject to form, moisture content and calorific value, RDF can be used in a range of industrial processes from fluidised bed combustion, to cement kilns and in RDF-fired power generation facilities.

The RDF Process

RDF is made from many different types of waste material and has been used successfully as an alternative, sustainable fuel that is a suitable replacement for fossil fuels. That means we can keep fossil fuel in the ground – where it belongs.

RDF as a Sustainable Fuel

RDF consists largely of combustible components of such waste, as non recyclable plastics (not including PVC), paper cardboard, labels, and other corrugated materials. These fractions are separated by different processing steps and then shredding or pelletised to produce a homogeneous material which can be used as substitute for fossil fuels in many processes.

RDF Type 1

RDF Type 2

RDF Type 3

RDF Type 4

Leading Edge Technology

RDF can be used to produce electricity. It can be used alongside traditional sources of fuel in coal power plants. In Europe, RDF is used in the cement kiln industry and can also be fed into plasma arc gasification modules & pyrolysis plants. Advantages of RDF include:


  • It is a sustainable fuel
  • It prevents the burying of waste
  • It is a fundamental part of the circular economy
  • It can be made from any types of waste material

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Refuse Derived Fuel

Refuse Derived Fuel

RDF Type 2

RDF Type 2

RDF Type 3

RDF Type 3

RDF Type 4

RDF Type 4

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