New Earth has developed technology specifically for the treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) and other similar wastes. Local authorities and commercial businesses alike are under increasing pressure to reduce their reliance on landfill disposal, increase recycling rates and move to a low-carbon economy:
• 55% of municipal waste generated in the UK is sent to landfill, compared to an EU-27 average of 40% Source: DEFRA
• The EU has a set an objective of diverting 65% of biodegradable municipal solid waste being landfilled by 2020 with an interim target of 50% by 2013
• Landfill tax will be £64 per tonne from April 2012 and will rise at a rate of £8 per tonne to reach £80 per tonne in 2014
The New Earth process for the treatment of residual waste utilises mechanical biological treatment (MBT) to help assist in meeting these targets.
The principal aims of New Earth’s technology is to extract recyclable materials where they exist and stabilise the biodegradable fraction, diverting waste away from landfill and reducing exposure to landfill tax. Additionally, the process is capable of the preparation of a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for use in renewable energy schemes. This fuel is produced in support of the principles of the waste hierarchy – recycling where suitable opportunities exist before the recovery of energy is employed. Overall the process can deliver rates of landfill diversion in excess of 80% for residual waste streams.
The proven ability of our MBT technology is supported by effective environmental controls that include robust emissions management and comprehensive treatment capabilities.
New Earth’s treatment infrastructure ensures high levels of availability and low levels of operational downtime. Modular in design, each facility can be operated flexibly to accommodate changing waste streams and can be extended in accordance with the increasing landfill diversion requirements of our customers.