Increase in recycling infrastructure can provide economic boost

A recent report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) highlights the major economic and environmental benefits which can be achieved through recycling.

The report claims that from 2004-2008 the turnover in the main recycling areas doubled to €60 million. A greater number of higher income jobs are also created by recycling in comparison to landfilling or incinerating waste, with overall employment in recycling increasing by 45% in European countries from 2000-2007.

The EU waste directives have also been a major driver for the recycling industry and have enforced requirements to recycle, recover increasing percentages of waste and a move away from landfilling. The report highlighted the numerous environmental benefits of recycling and diverting waste from landfill which avoids polluting emissions being released into the environment.

The various waste reduction systems developed by CDEnviro achieve a consistent reduction in waste to landfill volumes. The D:Max system has been specifically developed to process a variety of wastes including digester waste, waste from lagoon or pond emptying services, waste from SAS tanks, wet well waste, gully waste, road sweepings and inlet grit.

Through contacts with some of the major water utility companies and contractors to the industry developed over many years, CDEnviro became aware of an issue that required action in relation to the above waste streams. Existing practice was to dispose of this waste to landfill at substantial cost and environmental impact.

The D:Max system was designed to address this issue and to help the water utility companies to significantly reduce their waste to landfill volumes while also recovering materials from within these waste streams for further use. Each plant is customised to the specific requirements of the individual project in question. This ensures maximum material recovery and maximum diversion of waste from landfill on each installation.

In addition to the environmental benefit this technology brings there is also the very significant issue of the cost savings that will be enjoyed as a result of the introduction of the D:Max system. Implementation of a D:Max system dramatically reduces landfill volumes & disposal costs -results have shown that the D:Max is proven to reduce waste to landfill by 85%.

Recovered materials including sand, grit and gravel offer significant potential for re-use and can be used in line with the EA guidance on low risk waste activities. Oversize grit /gravel can be recovered for use as recycled aggregates.

Recovered sewer grit is a valuable resource which has until recently been underutilised in the UK. It is estimated that 40,000 tonnes of this material are produced each year by the UK Water Industry. In April 2011 landfill tax for the disposal of sewer grit in non-hazardous waste landfill was increased to £56/tonne. This tax will increase by £8/year until 2014 with no current plans to reduce this.

The D:Max mobile unit also optimises transport movements. The unit is trailer mounted so therefore can move from site to site to process material at each location meaning significant cost reductions and a reduced carbon footprint for the operator.

Further details on how this technology can be applied to your application can be obtained by contacting CDE via their web site at or by email at

CDEnviro Ltd, Ballyreagh Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 9DG
European Environment Agency (EEA)

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