As governments worldwide work toward achieving more sustainability in waste management, the management of landfills continues to present major challenges as they remain the principal disposal venue for municipal solid waste (MSW). When we look at current municipal solid waste treatment processes like composting, anaerobic digestion, incineration and mechanical–biological treatment (MBT), we find that while they are commercially available, this is sometimes only in limited scale. When we talk of “solid recovered fuel”, we are normally referencing fuels produced by shredding and dehydrating the combustible components of municipal solid waste. These might include biodegradable wastes like food and kitchen waste, green waste, paper; recyclable materials like paper, glass, bottles, cans, metals, and certain plastics & fabrics; or more inert wastes like construction and demolition waste, dirt, rocks, and debris; or even more composite wastes like clothing and plastic toys.
To produce solid recovered fuels, these materials normally are run thru a series of shredders, screens, and separators, where the inert materials, recyclable plastics and metals are taken out of the shredded materials. This leaves a mix of non-recyclable paper, card, wood, textiles and plastics, and while a small proportion of these materials can be recycled, the quality of these materials is often compromised, leaving many to question if this is the best environmental choice.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in biotechnologies, as well as the more common areas like bio and renewable fuels, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, biomaterials, and biochemicals. These larger groups will also have expertise in other technologies like agitation systems, anaerobic digestion, beverage fermentation, bio-oil extraction, bioreactors, carbon capture, carbon storage, carbonization, catalysis, cellulosic ethanol, cleantech, combined heat and power, direct combustion, enzyme technologies, fermentation, Fischer-Tropsch, gasification, genetic engineering, hydrothermal, nanotechnology, organosynthesis, power generation, pyrolysis, renewable technology due diligence, synthetic biology, thermochemical conversion, torrefaction, water treatment, and waste management.
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