biowaste biodegradation News

  • Biowaste challenges and opportunities in the coming decade

    Facing up to the challenges of dealing with biowastes over the next decade will need the right balance of controls and incentives to encourage the reuse of waste while protecting the environment and human health, according to the UK Environment Agency. The United Kingdom produces over 100 million tonnes of biodegradable waste every year, enough to fill approximately 25 Wembley stadiums, and most ...

  • EU Biowaste Directive moves a pace closer

    European Union Member States have asked the European Commission to table a directive on biowaste in 2010 “if appropriate” and consider local conditions when drafting the new law. In December 2008, the Commission published a Green Paper on biowaste management in the EU and launched a consultation process to gather opinions on the possibility of a new Biowaste Directive. The EC defines biowaste ...

  • New biodegradable waste management plans proposed and evaluated

    Researchers have designed and proposed a new organic waste management plan for Catalonia, Spain, and presented it in a recent study. They say that the plan would reduce a number of environmental impacts that arise from landfilling biodegradable waste, including natural resource depletion, acidification, and eutrophication. To reduce the negative environmental effects of landfilling and to ...

  • Separate collections for biodegradable waste recommended by EU

    Countries in the European Union should make strong efforts to introduce separate collections for biodegradable waste in order to facilitate high quality recycling and anaerobic digestion (AD), according to a new communication from the European Commission. The communication on future steps in bio-waste management, published on May 18, looks at ways in which EU member states may further tap into ...

  • European Commission takes Germany to court over biodegradable waste

    The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice over a contract for the supply of a software application. The Commission has also decided to send a reasoned opinion to Germany concerning the award of a public service contract for the disposal of biodegradable and green wastes by the municipality of Bonn.Supply of software between public-law bodies. The ...

  • Composts that contain biodegradable plastics may hinder plant growth

    Composts containing biodegradable plastics may hinder rather than help plant growth, according to a recent study by university scientists in Poland. These findings have implications for waste management practices within the EU. It is important to assess the quality and potential environmental risks associated with composts prepared from different wastes. Biodegradable plastics - known as ...

  • From rubbish to resource

    Environment Agency unveils new strategy for tackling tomorrow’s waste Helping businesses use resources more efficiently and divert more waste from landfill were today unveiled as top targets for the Environment Agency over the next five years. Launched on day two of the Agency’s annual conference, the new corporate strategy Creating A Better Place 2010-2015 also outlines the key waste-related ...

  • EU waste management policy

    Today's society generates a great deal of biodegradable waste, which causes major environmental and health problems. There are various forms of treatment to prevent and monitor those problems. The choice of the best method is based on maximising safety, minimising environmental impact and, whenever possible, obtaining recyclable end products. The best way of doing this is by biological treatment ...


  • Biower’s succesful biogas reactor deliveries to Central-Europe

    Biower’s deliveries are bioreactors which are key process parts in a biogas plants producing biogas from bio-degradable waste. Deliveries have been done cooperation with Biower’s technology partner Swiss Kompogas AG, which is developer of word-leading dry fermentation method. Dry fermentation is most effective method to produce biogas, electricity, heat and fuel to vehicles from ...


    By Biower Oy

  • ABB control system helps turn food waste into fuel

    2009-08-18 - Small bioethanol plants in Finland are using local food waste to make a low-carbon gasoline and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA is making it possible. St1 Biofuels Oy is the only bioethanol producer in the world making biofuel from food waste. The originators of the process say the fuel can reduce carbon dioxide ...


    By ABB

  • EC refers Germany to Court of Justice over award of waste disposal contract without competitive tender procedure

    The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice over a public service contract for the disposal of biodegradable and green wastes that the municipality of Bonn had awarded to a private waste disposal undertaking without a competitive tender procedure.Under a combined waste disposal arrangement concluded in 1997 and running until 2016, the municipality has to ...

  • HDS International Announces Agreement with the City of Saint John, NB, Canada

     HDS International Corp. (OTCQB: HDSI), a renewable energy, waste management and eco-sustainability company, today announced that, through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary HDS Energy & Ecosystems NB, Ltd., it has entered into a seven year exclusivity agreement with the City of Saint John, NB, Canadafor the installation of an anaerobic digester waste-to-energy system.  ...


  • CAMBI B2 “packaged unit” thermal hydrolysis plant, including steam explosion disintegration

    Cambi, the world’s leading company within Thermal Hydrolysis (THP) pre-treatment of sewage sludge before digestion, will present the following new development at this year’s IFAT in Munich, 7 – 11 May: The new Cambi B2 THP for medium sized WWTPs starting at 50,000 p.e.  or 1,500 t DS (dry solids)/year up to 6,600 t DS (240,000 p.e.) . The Cambi B2 will enable your plant to ...


    By Cambi AS

  • GE’s Water Business to Acquire UK-Based Monsal

    GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Monsal, a private U.K.-based water, waste, advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy business. With Monsal’s advanced anaerobic digestion technology and industry knowledge, GE will be able to help municipalities and industrial manufacturers shift from disposing wastewater treatment ...


    By General Electric

  • EC launches debate on the management of bio-waste

    This week the European Commission presented a discussion paper on the management of bio-waste in the European Union. Bio-waste – biodegradable garden, kitchen and food waste – accounts for around one third of municipal waste and has major potential impacts on the environment. When disposed of in landfill sites, it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon ...

  • Highest recycling rates in Austria and Germany – but UK and Ireland show fastest increase

    Austria, Germany and Belgium recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in Europe in 2010. Although some countries have rapidly increased recycling rates, Europe is still wasting vast quantities of valuable resources by sending them to landfill, and many countries risk falling short of legally binding recycling targets. Overall 35 % of municipal waste was recycled in Europe in ...

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