Norway’s first contract with material recycling requirements

Source: press release, 29 August 2019

Geminor has won a contract for the handling of waste wood from RIG
Geminor has won a contract for the handling of waste wood from RIG (photo: Geminor)

Norwegian waste producer Renovasjon i Grenland (RIG) has awarded Geminor a contract that includes collection, transport and treatment of mixed waste wood. The contract is the first of its kind in Norway. The agreement covers an annual handling of 8,000 tonnes of waste wood over 4 years, a cooperation that commences 1 January 2020.

The contract is the outcome of the very first Norwegian tender competition with material recycling requirements. The client RIG requires that at least 60% of the waste wood must be material recycled.

Most of the waste wood from RIG Grenland will be used in the production of particle boards for the furniture industry. The waste wood will be sorted and treated in the city of Skien before being shipped to different particle board producers in Europe.

The handling of waste wood is a growing part of Geminor’s business. Country Manager in Norway, Kjetil Hausken, believes that the recently concluded tender competition is the first of several upcoming tenders with material recycling requirements.

“For environmental reasons, requirements for material recycling is becoming the norm, and this will affect future public tender competitions. Sorted and shredded waste wood is a material in great demand – and it is a type of waste that is very beneficial to recycle. We are very pleased to have won the first Norwegian contract with material recycling requirements,” says Geminor’s Country Manager in Norway, Kjetil Hausken.