What are the "Waste Technologies"?
They are the waste treatment processes, which have been
developed and are still being devised to treat society's residual waste which cannot sustainably be
Technologies are all those waste pre-treatment processes
and systems being used to divert waste, so that it will not be sent to
- Some, like mass burn
incineration, are well established technologies
- Many others are new to the municipal waste sector
- Some are "near market"
technologies (and still in R&D programmes)
- Some are largely untried, and
some have been tried and have failed in some way, such that they have little popularity at
Examples of the key newcomer
waste technologies are:-
- Advanced Aerobic and Anaerobic
- Mechanical and Biological
Treatment / Pre-treatment
- Advanced Refuse Derived Fuel
(SRF) and innovative processes when applied to residual waste streams, including such Energy from Waste systems
as Pyrolysis / Gasification
- Other Advanced Thermal Treatment
such as Autoclaving
Why are the EU nation(s) at this time, and
many other nations which aspire also to achieve or do better than EU goals in waste management, spending so
much effort, money, and resources to introduce these Waste Technologies?
The driving factors for many nations are:-
- The EU Landfill Directive, and
Waste Regulations which provide firm targets for reducing the waste sent to
- National policy for waste
reduction, recycling and diversion from landfill, such as the UK "Waste Not Want Not Waste Implementation
Programme" of the early 2000's
- The focus on the diversion of
Biological Municipal Waste (BMW) from landfill (also from the EU Directives)
- The avoidance of incineration
where incineration is unpopular
- The move toward improved sustainability in
society's use of energy and finite materials resources
- Public opinion which in many countries wishes to
see the production of "zero waste"
There are many risks to the financial viability of many of
these processes such as planning, contractual, regulatory, financial and operational risks to all those
owning, building, and operating these forms of process plant. Most are operated nowadays either under direct
givernment subsidised contracts as DBOT (Design, Build, Operate and Transfer back into public ownership)
projects, or on the basis of risk sharing between the government and private industry within PPP and PFA
What Does This Mean to the
As taxpayers you are increasingly paying in your rates for the Waste
Treatment Technologies and Processes described in this web site, which are being used in your area to dispose
of your waste.
You may read in your local press about new proposals
to build waste treatment facilities of the sort described in this web site.
Who Will Find This Website Useful?
- Anyone interested in waste disposal and the waste
- Citizens who have such waste facilities in the
- Citizens who wish to enquire further about waste
treatment technologies planned for their areas
- Waste management professionals as a reference point for
their undertsaning of these technologies
- Students of waste management and waste treatment
- Those who wish to apply for jobs in the sector, or are
considering whether the sector will provide them with an interesting career with the opportunity to grow and
develop with the industry
Are There Good Careers Available in Waste Technology?
Yes! We would encourage anyone to consider work in this area which is expanding
and in which there are many opportunities for personal growth and career development. See our waste management jobs page.
Finally. Welcome to our site. Please browse and seek out the information you