Municipal Solid Waste

  

                                                                                          Waste or Valuable Asset  ?

Municipal solid waste MSW on a landill site.  Garbage for recycling and material recovery in a MRF material recycling facility

  

Waste is considered a Renewable Resource.


Nations are wasteful.  Despite the best efforts of of recycling and even with high levels of source segregated waste collections, the majority of household waste still ends up in landfill sites or is incinerated.


Incineration produces vast quantities of ash which, in the UK,  is currently sent to landfill because it avoids the general landfill tax, only paying the lower "inerts' rate.  In other words a subsidy


The Waste Hierarchy demands we recycle our waste to recover the valuable assets.   Without a doubt household waste is loaded with valuable assets in the form of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, glass and high calorific organics comprising card & paper food

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The secret to realising the value in the waste is to have the ability to economically, reliably, safely and efficiently extract those items of value for commercial gain.  


The recent increase in the export refuse derived fuel (RDF) avoids UK landfill charges and is only viable due to the gate fee differentials charged in various European countries.    RDF is full of biomass and plastics and is combusted in power generation stations and cement kilns.   It is a 'waste' of valuable resources.

Waste Hierachy

Waste Hierarchy 

The least favoured sits at the base of the triangle.   This includes incineration and landfill as both these are “Disposal” methods and are very wasteful of the valuable material in MSW.


Processing waste with the aim to Recycle the maximum is where the Seerdrum technology sits.   It recovers the maximum amount of material from the waste for recycling and delivers biomass for renewable energy generation.




© Vickers Seerdrum 2012                                                                   Seerdrum TM                                                                     Updated 12th June 2015