Recovering resources and energy through responsible treatment

The challenge
Global consumption of water and goods is not only draining our planet’s resources, it is also pressuring the treatment systems that ensure proper separation of harmful components and disposal of the remaining material. Treatment processes for wastewater, bio-waste and solid waste are often highly energy consuming and pose a growing expense for local governments running the treatment facilities.

The future
There is a great potential for resource recovery and energy production within processes such as wastewater treatment and waste incineration. Harnessing this potential holds great economic incentives as the right treatment processes could create new sources of energy and help solve several challenges, including landfill pollution as well as soil and groundwater contamination.

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While the focus is primarily on increasing recycling rates and reducing the production of waste altogether and rightly so, we still face major challenges in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Increasing amounts of untreated solid waste in landfills pose a serious threat to cities and ecosystems across the globe, as pollutants seep into the ground and are released into the air.

To ensure reduced rates of waste going to landfills, waste incineration can play an important role for years to come, while we continue to transition towards a more circular economy.

Supply of waste for incineration plants must be carried out with respect for the waste hierarchy to ensure utilisation of recyclable and reusable materials while using incineration as a source of heat and electricity.

Connect with us: Gry Brostrøm, Senior Project Manager, gbr@stateofgreen.com