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Keep your new waste technology options open, says CIWM

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has urged the waste industry not to narrow its options in deciding which new technology best manages waste.

There has been a lot of discussion about emerging technologies such as anaerobic digestion, composting and material recovery facilities, in a bid for local authorities to cut the amount of waste they send to landfill.

Speaking about the waste technologies at this weeks CIWM conference in Paignton, CIWM professional services manager Mark Gibson said: Nobody knows, who will win, no one solution will suffice. You must not get hung up on one at the expense of the others.

The briefing session provided an introduction to sustainable waste within the
UK and Gibson lectured on the treatment options for controlled wastes.

CIWM chair and principal for T March Consultants Terry March said that all new technologies should be assessed on an equal level. When asked by a member of a local authority, which was the best option to go for in terms of waste treatment, March replied that all systems should be looked at.

March said that nobody had the answer in which option provided the best solution to managing waste. He added that different areas of the
UK produced different types of waste and seasonal variations would affect the type of technology opted for. Different waste provides different answers. The minority should not dictate to the majority, he said.

Veolia Environmental Services director of waste collection and recycling Judith Turner said: The philosophy of waste is changing it is a commodity. The waste hierarchy is changing again and the new emerging technologies are moving it forward.



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