Over the last few years, waste-processing technology has been completely revolutionised. One such example of this is the micro autoclave fibre production plant that was opened by the UK-based waste specialist, Wilson Bio-Chemical in late 2016.
This plant is able to turn solid municipal waste into biomass fibre that can be used to convert rubbish into useful chemicals and fuels. The facility is located just out of York in the UK and was developed by both the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and the University of York.
The purpose of this plant is to divert mixed waste from landfill to produce chemicals and fuels that will ultimately replace the use of fossil-resource-based products. Presently, in the UK 40 per cent of the 47 million tonnes of municipal solid waste produced each year ends up in landfill. The Australian figures are even higher.
How Does the New Waste Processing Plant Work?
Essentially, Wilson Bio-Chemical has created a specialised, rotating autoclave that can treat any food, garden, paper and cardboard waste with high-pressure steam, which will convert it into a sterile fibre.
When operating at full commercial scale, the plant will be able to process 150,000 tonnes of waste per year. Some of the chemicals produced by the plant include butanol, hydrogen, acetone and ethanol. However, research is currently being funded by the EU to determine whether the fibre could also be converted into biofuel.
“The Micro Autoclave Fibre Production Plant is an important step in the continuing development of what we believe is a game-changing technology, diverting unsorted MSW from landfill and producing valuable feedstock from a renewable source for the biofuel and biochemical markets,” said Tom Wilson, managing director and principal engineer of Wilson Bio-Chemical.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Pearl Global Limited has become the first Australian company to be listed on the ASX and granted approvals for the country’s first tyre conversion process. The company’s technology will see old tyres, that would ordinarily end up in landfill, converted into valuable secondary products.
Pearl Executive Chairman Gary Foster said, “This is a turning point for used tyre processing in Australia. We are the first company in Australia to receive licenses for the thermal treatment of rubber, to reclaim and recover valuable products for resale.
This technology is considered the first of its kind, as no other form of tyre processing comes with the benefits boasted by the new technology, including low emissions, no hazardous by-products and no chemical intervention.
The company has recently obtained an environmental license from the Western Australian Government Department of Environmental Regulation, as well as planning approval from the Gold Coast City Council and approval from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage.
Here at Bulk Waste Collection, we’re excited to see where this technology takes the industry, as we’re strong advocates of environmentally friendly waste disposal in Perth and across the country.
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