The waste treatment company Uniser was originally located at ATM’s current location in Moerdijk. This company closed its doors at the behest of the government due to an environmental scandal. The company Mourik in Groot-Ammers was subsequently brought in to decontaminate the former Uniser-site. During the same period, Mourik was also involved in a major soil decontamination project in Letterkerk, after which it saw a future in the thermal remediation of contaminated soil.

1982: foundation of Afvalstoffen Terminal Moerdijk

In June 1982 Mourik, together with the Dutch Investment Bank (NIB), founded Afvalstoffen Terminal Moerdijk. The underlying concept was to treat the contaminated soil from Letterkerk and Uniser’s water streams there in responsible ways.

1983: initial soil remediation and water purification operations

In 1983 Mourik and NIB initiated the first soil remediation and wastewater purification operations at the current ATM site. An old, modified asphalt plant was used to decontaminate soil, and an oil-water separator was used to treat wastewater. The wastewater purification consisted of skimming off the oil, allowing contaminants to settle, and then to pump off the clean water. Starting in 1985, these operations took on greater importance. However, waste treatment quickly turned out to be an occupation in itself, as well as being capital-intensive.

1988: acquisition by Waste Management

Five years later the American company Waste Management acquired ATM from Mourik. The NIB had already withdrawn from the company by that time. The acquisition resulted in increased investment in ATM. Biological Wastewater Purification technology appeared on the scene and proved to be successful.

1993: Paint Treatment Plant (PTP)

At the beginning of the nineties, the separate collection of household chemical waste in the Netherlands drew political attention. This resulted in a shortage of processing capacity. ATM picked up on this development by constructing a plant to treat paint waste, which at the time represented the largest part of the household chemical waste stream. The Pyrolysis Plant was constructed at a later stage.

1994: Sludge Receiving and Treatment Plant (SRTP)

Shortly after, the Sludge Receiving and Treatment Plant (SRTP) was optimised. The former filter press was replaced by decanter centrifuges, resulting in increased capacity. ATM has been providing jetty services, such as receiving and treating ship-generated waste and ship cleaning, since its foundation. However, these services increasingly became a constant factor.

2000: acquisition by Shanks Group plc.

In 2000, Waste Management withdrew from Europe and ATM became part of the British company Shanks Group plc. In this same period, the biological wastewater purification process was refined by using membrane filters. Due to the increasing demand for soil decontamination and stricter laws and regulations, the former modified asphalt plant was transformed into the current Thermal Remediation Plant. This was accompanied by a new rotary drum furnace, which tripled capacity.

2009: changed skyline

ATM’s skyline significantly changed effective from 2009, first with the construction of the new Laboratory. The laboratory’s surface area doubled and a large portion of the equipment was replaced. The current tank farm was renovated during this time and the former truck unloading stations were expanded. At the same time, the capacity for liquid waste was significantly increased with five additional storage tanks, an expansion of the wastewater purification plant, and the installation of ten additional receiving tanks. The completion of the large storage shed located at the water’s edge furthermore changed the skyline as viewed from the Moerdijk Bridge.

2011: increased storage

The adjacent company Martens en Van Oord reuses the decontaminated soil produced by ATM. In 2011 a conveyor belt was installed, running from our thermal remediation plant to their storage shed, as a means of minimising transport movements. In 2011 a new storage shed was constructed adjacent to the pyrolysis plant. Two years later the former storage shed for decontaminated soil was also replaced by a larger shed.

2014: degassing unit

In order to allow ships to degas in a closed system, a degassing unit to draw off vapours was constructed. An important contribution to a better living environment.

The future...

To be and stay in Compliance, we are strongly focused on technical innovation. We are continuously working on our quality to enable us to consistently provide responsible waste solutions and to consistently alleviate customers from any concerns. In past years we installed, among other things, a new electrostatic filter (ESP) to optimise our flue gas scrubber, we constructed three additional storage tanks, and we extended our jetty.

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