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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Poland 2017

Submitted by: Bioelektra Group
Project: Technology of mechanical – heat treatment (MHT) and recycling

The RotoSTERIL technology combines mechanical and heat treatment of waste. 65-96% of the municipal waste can be recycled, regardless of the collection system.

Initial situation
In Poland, most of the municipal waste is disposed of in landfills. In the northern part of the country, known for its wilderness and environmental beauty, nearly 50% of the waste ended up in landfills without any prior treatment. Not even 10% of the waste was recycled. This unsatisfactory handling of waste not only badly affects the environment but also causes social problems and protests due to the resulting bad smell. Although this kind of waste management is ineffective, it is still costly. Making this problem even worse, the awareness level regarding recycling and waste separation is quite low.

Solution
Bioelektra Group designed and implemented the RotoSTERIL technology which combines mechanical and heat treatment of waste. 65-96% of the municipal waste can be recycled, regardless of the collection system. The RotoSTERIL process was designed to deal with unsegregated waste but also works well with separate collection systems. Waste is sterilized in RotoSTERIL BEG 7000 machines using high temperatures and high pressure which kills all of the microorganisms and eliminates the smell. The resulting sterilized waste is dry and can therefore be easily segregated. Organic waste is separated and turned into biomass which can then be used for the production of biogas, as a fertilizer or as a local source of energy.

Innovation
Mechanical heat treatment RotoSTERIL technology is one of the most innovative methods of treating municipal waste. Its two main innovative aspects are the separation of organic waste from the rest of the municipal waste without the need of its separate collection and the separation of clean glass cullets.

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Jury-Rating
In Poland, most of the municipal waste is disposed of in landfills. Not even 10% of the waste is recycled. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Poland combines mechanical and heat treatment of waste with a recycling rate of up to 96%. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Warsaw
Official language: Polish
Total area: 312.685 km²
Population: 38.186.860
GDP/Capita/Year: $13.967
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