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, non-ferrous metals, plastics, glass, textiles and organic material.

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.

Copyright Vickers Seerdrum Ltd 2012. Seerdrum is a Trademark of Vickers Seerdrum Ltd. Updated 9th Nov 2015