UK trials of waste separation technology a success

Peterborough, 13 May 2015 – The SEPARATE workshop “Quality products from waste through new waste separation technology - Challenges and Opportunities“ hosted by the SEPARATE project’s UK partner, Opportunity Peterborough, has been a resounding success.

The pre-treatment and clean separation of organic and non-organic waste is a particular challenge for many operators of waste treatment and AD plants.  The SEPARATE experts presented an innovative, efficient solution for the clean separation of different waste streams and the results of trials separating UK Municipal Solid Waste and Source Segregated Organic waste with the SEPARATE Waste System. The dry, non-organic and the wet organic fractions received through the separation process had been analysed by a certified UK laboratory and revealed interesting results.

Wibo Koggel, SEPARATE Project Manager at db technology has been satisfied with the results of the UK trials: “The analysis has confirmed the opportunities of efficient separation and pre-treatment for both MSW and separately collected bio-waste. After separation, the organic fraction is very clean and shows high methane potential as well as short retention times of 6-7 days.  That is particularly interesting for AD plant operators. On the other hand, the separation has significantly reduced the moisture content in the non-organic fraction thus increasing the calorific value.”


The presentations from the workshop can be found below.

Challenges and opportunities of clean separation for MSW - Marcus du Pree Thomas, Development Manager, Viridor
Challenges and opportunities of enhanced pre-treatment for AD plants - Mike Bullard, Managing Director, UTS Biogas Ltd
The new SEPARATE Waste System - Karl Dirkes, CEO, db technologies
Trials with different UK waste streams - Wibo Koggel, Senior Project Manager, db technologies

To find out more about this new SEPARATE technology and to discuss how it could benefit your organisation, please contact Astrid Severin (


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