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A waste treatment facility has said it is the first in the UK to stabilise over 80% of the biodegradable content of...
A waste treatment facility has said it is the first in the UK to stabilise over 80% of the biodegradable content of municipal waste, successfully diverting it from landfill via an alternative non-thermal biological treatment process, in accordance with statutory European waste diversion targets and Environment Agency guidelines.

New Earth Solutions said the test results were the latest in a series of large scale trials being undertaken by independent consultants the Organic Resource Agency at the New Earth facility in Dorset, and a significant step forward in the development of a robust non-thermal biological technology for the treatment of municipal waste.

New Earth contracts director Peter Mills said: 'New Earth is dedicated to steadily increasing the volumes of waste that can be successfully diverted from landfill. We have proven technology with a key advantage over competing methods of waste disposal.'

'We believe that we have found a solution to the long term challenge of waste management in robust, low impact, fully enclosed facilities, with no outward emissions of odours or bio-aerosols.'

The company, which was founded in 2002, can treat both source-segregated and mixed 'black bag' residual waste through natural biological treatment and physical separation processes, as authorised by the State Veterinary Service, and in compliance with Animal By-Products and Regulations (2003).

New Earth is rolling out composting and resource recovery facilities across the UK with the objective of diverting 1.2 million tonnes of compost per annum by 2013 and 2.5 million tonnes per annum by 2020.

The technology was developed over a four year period and the processes have been designed to maximise the diversion of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) from landfill, whilst recovering dry recyclables, as validated by the Organic Resource Agency, and in accordance with the Landfill Trading Allowance Scheme (LATS).

The Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) began on 1 April 2005, allowing waste disposal authorities to meet their obligations under the landfill directive. In order to landfill more biodegradable waste than permits held, waste disposal authorities will need to purchase additional permits or pay a fine per tonne at the end of each fiscal year.

Details on The Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) can be found here

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