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Upsurge in alternative waste technologies

Alternative waste technology is set to become a hot topic in the waste industry, if debates at the Examining Alternative Waste Treatment Technologies for Biodegradable Waste conference are something to go by.

The conference was organised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and MRW.

Presentations examined the different options available, ranging from composting to anaerobic digestion and mechanical biological treatments.

The consensus from the conference appeared to be that there was no holy grail when it came to selecting alternative waste treatment technologies for biological waste.

But it was agreed that local authorities and other waste collection and processing services needed to look at what was

best for their own needs and circumstances.

Dave Brooks, head of the new technologies programme at DEFRA, said: The conference provided a rare occasion for technology providers, local authorities and waste management companies to come together to discuss the options of alternative technologies.

The debate was good, and presentations thought-provoking, and the key message of impartiality was well received.

The conference was held in Londons Olympia last Friday October 15.

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