Gloucestershire Councillors are assessing five waste technologies in detail to investigate waste disposal options for the county. After looking at a range of 34 waste solutions the councillors narrowed them down to five. Some of the five technologies include Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT), Advanced Thermal Treatment and Modern Thermal Treatment with combined heat and power. The aim of the investigation is to find a technology that can deal with the 150,000 tonnes of residual waste produced in Gloucestershire each year. Gloucestershire County Council head of waste Mike Williams said: These five solutions guarantee a complete closed loop solution. We will be looking at each of the five solutions and assessing which one will be able to deliver for Gloucestershire. We will also be looking at whether it provides value for money and whether it is environmentally sustainable. Councillors hope to explore each technology against set criteria that allows the county to move forward. Given the complexity of the issue, the council has a duty to the people of Gloucestershire to examine all of the available options for the treatment of residual waste, said cabinet member for the environment councillor Stan Waddington. The council is continuing to have discussions with a number of companies offering the different technology options, as part a soft market test. This will allow the authority to make an informed choice based on cost, environmental impact and efficiency.