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Waste-to-Resources: symposium and specialized exhibition for advanced waste treatment

Waste-to-Resources: symposium and specialized exhibition for advanced waste treatment

The necessity for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increased prices of raw materials and legal specifications like the EU- landfill directive have directed many countries to the construction of waste treatment plants.

The trend is to use techniques which separate waste components for the best possible recycling rate. These techniques are mechanical-biological waste treatment (MBT) and sensor based sorting.

Sensor based sorting is even applicable in treatment plants for non-separated waste due to large progress in sensor-technology and substantial increase of secondary raw material prices.

These technologies are covered by the 3rd International Symposium and exhibition on MBT and sorting plants (Waste- to- Resources), which is going to take place from the 12th to the 14th / 15th of may 2009 in Hanover - Germany. Patron is the German Minister of Environment, Sigmar Gabriel. On three days experts from 20 countries will present their practical experiences and new developments.
1st day: general topics, strategies, different waste treatment technologies
2nd day: mechanical- biological waste treatment
3r day: processing of refuse derived fuel (RDF), sorting of recyclables, waste analysis

Each presentation can be heard in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language due to simultaneous translation. With participants from 37 countries, he preceding conference held in 2007 has already distinguished itself as the internationally leading conference on these topics.

The first day begins with reports on waste treatment experiences in different countries. This is followed by the waste strategy session, concerning topics like:

• Decision for mechanical-biological waste treatment and/or incineration
• The future of waste management: do we still need waste-incineration?
• Will there be still mechanical-biological waste treatment in 20 years?
• Is plasma technology suitable for the treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW)?
• Risk-analysis for land application of MSW compost

On the second day, new techniques of mechanical- biological waste treatment and extension and optimisation of existing plants will be the main topics. All kinds of plants will be considered. A special aspect will be fire-fighting in recycling plants.

The third day is concerned mainly with topics related to sensor based sorting and waste analytics. After presentations on the topic of integration of this technique in MBTs and RDF processing, a session about sensor based sorting of recyclables will follow. At the end, presentations will be carried out which are related to material flow analysis (mass- balancing) as well as analysis of waste properties. Methods of different European countries will be compared and a quick test for determination of the degree of biological stabilisation will be presented.

On the 15th of may, two excursions are offered that head to an anaerobic MBT and a RDF co-generation plant embedded in a paper factory. On the exhibition taking place parallel to the conference, prominent companies from the area of waste treatment will present themselves. You can find further information on the 2009 page of WASTE-TO-RESOURCES

The organiser is Wasteconsult international, www.wasteconsult.de.

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