SEPARATE has hosted its final event in Gescher, Germany, sharing the project’s successes and future perspectives with waste experts from across Europe.
Participants from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey descended on the Entsorgungsgesellschaft Westmünsterland (EGW) waste treatment site to learn more about the project and see the SEPARATE Waste System in action.
Throughout the project, the SEPARATE Waste System has been subjected to long- and short-term trials in Germany, Spain and the UK. The results of these trials, carried out on municipal solid waste, separately collected bio-waste and mono-streams, were presented at the conference by Karl Dirkes and Wibo Koggel of db technologies. Following this presentation, the group were able to visit the SEPARATE Waste System installed at the EGW site.
With the conference marking the end of the three year project, attention was also given to the future market potential of the SEPARATE Waste System. Karl Dirkes outlined the key customers groups, highlighting that the system can be used in combination with different technologies to generate products such as biogas and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
Astrid Severin and Katharina Krell from GreenMatters then explained SEPARATE’s export strategy, presenting the global market for efficient waste separation. Astrid explained the specific country strategies that have been developed within Europe, based on current waste characteristics and management practices. Finally, Katharina presented the worldwide potential, where developing markets are expected to be particularly receptive.