Understanding Waste/Non-Biomass

The term ‘waste/non-biomass’ refers to materials that are typically discarded bi-products or materials considered unusable in their current form. Unlike biomass, which consists of organic materials like wood, agricultural residues, or animal waste, non-biomass waste encompasses a wide range of materials such as plastics, paper, textiles, and metals. These materials are often generated from industrial processes, household consumption, or commercial activities and pose significant challenges for disposal and environmental impact.


The process of briquetting involves compressing these waste/non-biomass materials into dense, compact forms. Briquettes are formed using high pressure without the need for additional binders or adhesives. This method transforms the waste/non-biomass into a valuable resource that can be used for various purposes, including energy generation, heating, or as raw materials for manufacturing processes.
Briquetting waste/non-biomass materials serve multiple purposes. Firstly, it provides a sustainable solution for managing waste by converting it into a usable product, thereby reducing landfill usage and environmental pollution. Secondly, it offers an alternative fuel source, reducing the dependency on finite resources such as fossil fuels.

The Green Benefits of Briquetting Waste/Non-Biomass

The conversion of waste/non-biomass into briquettes offers numerous environmental benefits. By diverting these materials from landfills, briquetting contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and minimizes the environmental footprint associated with waste disposal. This not only reduces reliance on finite resources but is also part of a circular economy where waste is viewed as a valuable resource rather than a burden. By briquetting waste/ non-biomass the volume reduction likewise has an impact on the need for fuel for transportation, thereby reducing the CO2 footprint.

Exploring Different Types of Waste

A diverse array of materials falls under the category of waste/non-biomass. Household waste, comprising items such as plastics and paper represents a significant portion of the waste stream.

Commercial and industrial waste, including materials like cardboard, PUR/ Insulation, MDF, and textiles, also present opportunities for briquetting. By compacting these materials into briquettes, businesses can streamline their waste management processes and potentially generate additional revenue streams from the sale of briquettes as raw materials or fuel sources. Furthermore, unconventional forms of waste/non-biomass, such as old money or discarded carpets, may also be suitable for briquetting depending on their composition and properties.

Contact us

At C.F. Nielsen, we are passionate about helping our customers make most of their waste material. We are experts in briquetting solutions, and we are more than willing to help you find the best possible solution for your production, regardless of the raw material, you are working with.
Different paper based raw material before shredding


One of our French customers had a company producing different types of paper products – adhesive and non-adhesive. It was expensive to dispose of the waste, so he needed to find a solution.

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