A solution for large-scale disposal of mixed municipal solid waste

We produce electricity and heat from mixed-municipal solid waste

The circular economy, i.e the sustainable use and recycling of natural resources, is the way to a more responsible future.

Nearly 300,000 tonnes of mixed municipal solid waste is left over from sorting at Estonian homes per year. Those can be used for producing heat and electricity instead of being dumped in landfills.

At the waste-to-energy unit in Iru, mixed municipal solid waste is used as fuel. We produce up to 310,000 megawatt-hours of heat and up to 134,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. This amount corresponds approximately to the electricity consumption of the town of Paide and its surroundings.

The Iru waste-to-energy unit can produce heat and electricity from up to 260,000 tons of mixed municipal solid waste per year.

The Iru power plant is capable of producing heat and electricity from up to 260,000 tons of mixed municipal waste per year.

We care about the environment

Largely due to the Iru waste-to-energy unit, large-scale landfilling of mixed municipal solid waste in Estonia has ended.

The use of mixed municipal solid waste for the production of heat and electricity has hundreds of times less environmental impact than landfilling where the gases released by decomposition of the waste volatilize over decades.

Thanks to the extremely powerful purification equipment, the impact of the waste unit on the environment is smaller than in the case of a few dozen private houses.

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We have one of the cheapest prices for heat

The price cap for heat sold from the Iru power plant, which supplies Tallinn and Maardu, is EUR 7,89 megawatt-hour plus VAT from 1 February 2021. This is indisputably one of the lowest prices for heat sold in Estonia.

All the heat produced in Tallinn is sold to Utilitas Tallinn, which in turn sells it to end customers.

Three exciting facts about the Iru power plant

The plant receives an average of 80 garbage trucks per day and up to 260,000 tons of mixed municipal waste per year

Nearly a third of the cost of the waste incineration unit was purification equipment which ensures that no chemical compounds over the limit granted are released into the environment.

The environmental impact of the Iru waste incineration unit is smaller than the one of a few dozen private houses or trucks driving on the highway to Narva.

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