MBT alone ‘might’ meet council landfill targets

Mechanical-biological treatment could meet local authorities’ landfill diversion targets by itself, according to the most comprehensive study to date.1 There is only "limited" potential to send process residues for combustion, and quality standards for low-grade soil improver applications should be developed.

The study by Juniper Consultancy Services was funded using landfill tax credits by SITA Environmental Trust and the Association for the Sustainable Use and Recovery or Resources in Europe (ASSURE). It reviews MBT processes offered by 27 companies and which are in use at 80 facilities world-wide, processing over 8.5 million tonnes of waste per year.

MBT is the umbrella term for processes that use mechanical and biological techniques to sor

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