Waste-to-Resources 2009

3rd International Symposium MBT & MRF 2009

Mechanical-biological treatment and material recovery facilities

Patronage: Sigmar Gabriel
German Minister of Environment

12th – 14th / 15th of May 2009,
Hanover, Germany



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Mechanical-biological waste treatment (MBT) is an efficient and comparatively cheap way to recycle components of the residual waste and to reduce organic input into landfill. In Germany more than 50 MBT plants with an annual treatment capacity of more than 5,600,000 t per year are in operation. In Austria and Italy MBT is also a wide spread technique and it is going to become a very important waste management option in many other countries. In a time of strongly increasing demand for material resources, extraction of recyclable materials from waste is becoming more and more important.

The International Symposium MBT focuses on MBT and additionally on automatic waste sorting technology as the bridge between waste management and recycling industry. Having participants from 37 countries, the previous International Symposium MBT & MRF 2007 became the internationally most recognised conference on MBT & MRF

On three days experts from 20 countries will present their practical experiences and new developments.

  • 1st day: general topics, strategies, different waste treatment technologies
  • 2nd day: mechanical- biological waste treatment
  • 3r day: processing of refuse derived fuel (RDF), sorting of recyclables, waste analysis

Each presentation can be heard in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language due to simultaneous translation. With participants from 37 countries, he preceding conference held in 2007 has already distinguished itself as the internationally leading conference on these topics.

The first day begins with reports on waste treatment experiences in different countries. This is followed by the waste strategy session, concerning topics like:

  • Decision for mechanical-biological waste treatment and/or incineration
  • The future of waste management: do we still need waste-incineration?
  • Will there be still mechanical-biological waste treatment in 20 years?
  • Is plasma technology suitable for the treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW)?
  • Risk-analysis for land application of MSW compost

On the second day, new techniques of mechanical- biological waste treatment and extension and optimisation of existing plants will be the main topics. All kinds of plants will be considered. A special aspect will be fire-fighting in recycling plants.

The third day is concerned mainly with topics related to sensor based sorting and waste analytics. After presentations on the topic of integration of this technique in MBTs and RDF processing, a session about sensor based sorting of recyclables will follow. At the end, presentations will be carried out which are related to material flow analysis (mass- balancing) as well as analysis of waste properties. Methods of different European countries will be compared and a quick test for determination of the degree of biological stabilisation will be presented.

On the 15th of may, two excursions are offered that head to an anaerobic MBT and a RDF co-generation plant embedded in a paper factory. On the exhibition taking place parallel to the conference, prominent companies from the area of waste treatment will present themselves.