New Method to Treat Plastic Waste

The first systems to use anaerobic digestion technology in order to turn waste plastics into energy and fertilizer are being developed in South Australia. According to the information provided by, the plastic to energy technology had so far successfully been applied to polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and expanded polystyrene. However, the anaerobic digestion process varied […]

New Solution for Monitoring Liquid-Based Processes

At the 8th World Conference on Sampling and Blending (WCSB8) in Perth (Western Australia), PANalytical, an inter­national supplier of analytical X-ray instrumentation and software, has announced the new Epsilon Xflow system. As reported, this new on-line solution is made for the continuous analysis of the elemental composition of any liquid, providing real-time feedback from a […]

Recovery of Cellulose from Waste Water

End of June this year, the official inauguration of “the world’s first cellulose production facility” – which means a “breakthrough in recovery and reuse of recycled cellulose from sewage” – took place at Geestmerambacht (The Netherlands). Approximately 70 experts from all over Europe, all active in the value chain, witnessed the inauguration of the Cellvation […]

Refrigerators: New Plant Concepts Detect Blowing Agents

The share of halogen-free refrigerants and blowing agents is increasing in the disposal of cooling devices. In Europe, since 1996 no refrigerators have been produced with halogen-containing refrigerants and blowing agents (CFCs). Accordingly, the share of alternative refrigerants and blowing agents is rapidly increasing during disposal. In most German waste disposal plants, the share of […]

A New Treatment Plant for China

The mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant for municipal solid waste (MSW) in Lianyungang is under construction. The completion is scheduled for the end of 2017. More than 200 waste-to-energy (WtE) plants are operating in China nowadays. One of them in the City of Lianyungang, Shandong Province north of Shanghai, will be complemented by a pre-treatment […]

Awarded Waterox Executes Total Purification of Toxic Industrial Wastewater

Aquarden Technologies ApS, based in danish Skævinge, has developed Waterox. The Waterox process completely destroys problematic substances in wastewater from industries directly at the source. This type of plant is the first of its kind in Denmark. It is also one of the first in the world that can transform toxic industrial wastewater to pure […]

Enerkem‘s Four-Step Thermochemical Process Goes Commercial

In less than five minutes, waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem‘s technology turns household waste into 99.9 percent pure liquid chemicals and biofuels. In Enerkem’s system, different feedstocks – solid waste coming from several municipalities and other types of residue – are converted into methanol, ethanol or other renewable chemicals. In turn, methanol is a chemical […]

United Kingdom: There are Plans to Recycle Medium Density Fiberboards

UK-based MDF Recovery Ltd. has developed a proprietary process to recover wood fibers from waste MDF (medium density fiberboard) and is convinced that the technology has moved a step closer to reality. MDF Recovery Ltd. has successfully concluded proof of concept trials to develop a commercially viable process to recover wood fiber from waste MDF, […]

Energy from Residues and Waste

There is a new path for the treatment of biomass and waste residues. The German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT has developed the innovative Thermo-Catalytic Reforming TCR. This new technology is able to convert biomass into synthesis gas, biooil, biochar and water. To promote the technique, Fraunhofer UMSICHT founded the spin-off […]

Some Solutions for End-of-Life Tires

In Europe, through the joint efforts of recyclers and tire producers, it had been possible to convince the EU authorities not to ban the use of tire-derived granules in artificial turf infill pending further research into their environmental and health impact. This represented a major issue given that infill constituted a “very big” application area […]