Spanish technology for ESSEX municipal and bulky waste treatment centre

MASIAS RECYCLING, a multinational company specialising in the manufacture of waste treatment equipment has commenced work on the manufacture and installation of the municipal and bulky waste treatment plant in the town of Basildon (United Kingdom). The new facilities, which will be fully operational by mid 2015, will treat waste from the counties of Essex and Southend-on-Sea, making both counties self-sufficient as regards waste treatment. Recycling and the use of resources will increase and the amount of waste going to landfill will decrease. The waste treatment centre will serve a population of 1.8 million and provide a total of 85 new jobs. It will also have an educational centre and will be set up to receive training and educational visits.

In 2007 and 2008, Essex produced approximately 732,400 t of municipal solid waste, most of which was domestic waste. On average, each resident of Essex produces almost half a tonne of waste per annum. 38% of domestic waste was recycled or converted into fertiliser in 2007 and 2008.

Although the county of Essex has improved its recycling rate each year, the Council identified the need to manage waste in a truly efficient manner, due to the fact that much of it ended up going to landfill and many resources were not availed of to the utmost.

In some counties in England, unlike Spain, waste is deposited in just two container types: the container for general waste and the container for packaging waste (for plastics, glass, paper and board). For this reason, the plant designed by Masias Recycling will comply with the most stringent requirements regarding efficiency in the recovery of recyclable materials, the preparation of material prior to biological treatment and the post treatment of the outflow material from biological treatment (stabilisation area), for the purpose of obtaining a stabilised material and recovering saleable inert materials, above all in the construction sector.

Article published in: FuturENVIRO July and August 2013