These are the figures concerning solid waste removal from BP in Geel.
Some of the figures below only apply to BP whereas other figures take the whole of the site into account. That is the case for 'waste water slurry’ and ‘calcium slurry’.
Solid waste removal (absolute figures in tonnes per year)
These are the absolute quantities of solid waste removal in tonnes per year.
Explanation about the terms used
Dangerous industrial waste
The term 'dangerous industrial waste' is explicitly defined in Belgian legislation. It all adds up to the fact that all products or substances marked with a warning label (orange label) are specified as 'dangerous'. Products exposed to oil are dangerous waste. An empty paint pot, for example, is dangerous waste, as is a paraxylene filter (comparable with the fuel filter in a car) and of course all waste exposed to benzene or xylene.
Harmless industrial waste
The term 'harmless industrial waste' refers to products such as a waste bag which previously contained sand (a waste bag of cement, on the other hand, is considered as dangerous waste), metal waste, wood waste, insulation waste, plastics ...
Calcium slurry is a residue from canal water treatment. BP uses this purified water as cooling and process water. The remaining slurry contains few pollutants and is applied in agriculture as a fertiliser.
Waste water slurry
Waste water slurry is a residue from waste water treatment and is consequently incinerated by specialised companies.