MECHANICAL BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT (MBT) PLANT – NORTE III CEAMSE PROVINCE OF BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

The Norte III MBT plant is the first in Argentina, and indeed all of South America, to carry out mechanical biological treatment of municipal solid waste. The plant is located within the CEAMSE Norte III Environmental Complex in the Province of Buenos Aires.

Planta de tratamiento mecánico biologico

CEAMSE was founded in 1978 and is a company belonging in equal share to the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires. It is a leader in environmental management, and MSW and industrial waste management. The company serves the entire Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, which encompasses 34 municipalities and has an approximate population of 14,000,000.

The Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant forms part of CEAMSE’s policy to implement new waste treatment technologies aimed at increasing materials recovery and reducing the quantity of waste sent to landfill.

Ceamse was specially commissioned to create the Plant by the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The objective of the facility was to treat 20% of the waste generated in the city and reduce the quantity of waste landfilled through the recovery of materials of value by recycling and the biological treatment of the putrescible organic fraction (POF) for subsequent use as the primary covering in the sanitary landfill module.

The contract for the design, construction and operation of the plant was awarded by CEAMSE to a consortium made up of Benito Roggio e Hijos S.A. and TECSAN S.A. and this contract was signed in December 2010.

The plant holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Integrated Management System certificates.

Main characteristics of the plant

  • Treatment capacity: 328,900 t/annum
  • Quantity of waste to be treated: 1,100 t/day (70 t/hour)
  • Total surface area: 4.5 ha
  • Operating shifts: 2 (morning and evening)
  • Maintenance shifts: 1 (night)
  • Estimated installed capacity: 2,000 kVA
  • No. of employees: 150

Ing. Marcelo E. Rosso Ing. Ignacio C. Marcolini