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MVR – Müllverwertung Rugenberger Damm (A Vattenfall Company)
MVR is located in Hamburg, Germany. WRSI represents MVR technology in North America. The MVR process represents proven Thermal Recycling technology. It utilizes the most advanced technology available worldwide. The processes at MVR have evolved from Germany’s/Hamburg’s 100 plus years experience with WTE. The unique and patented processes used by MVR are the result of years of experience with other WTE facilities. The technology utilized is not stagnant. As opportunities fro facility improvements are recognized, actions are undertaken to enhance equipment efficiency, emissions and by-products. This dynamic environment has resulted in MVR operating a state of the art facility.
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The Federal Environment Ministry© (BMU©) (German EPA)
Germany has the highest recycling rate in the world with over 60%.
Germany has spend a lot of time and money educating citizens
on recycling and passing laws that require manufacturers to
focus on producing without producing waste as well as taking
back the products and reusing them.
As of June 1, 2005 Germany has passed a striking new law. This law has been in the making for about 20 years. One of the leading groups that built this law where “die Gruenen” the environmental party also known as Germany’s Green Party. This law (Waste Storage Ordinance) states that as of June 1, 2005 the landfilling of untreated waste in Germany has been outlawed. Landfilling, even with best available technology, is identified and recognized as a mayor source of pollution, releasing toxic chemicals such as dioxins into the water supply, and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The new law states that waste must be treated in such a way that it cannot degrade further or release pollutants following landfilling. Recoverable substances will be retrieved and the waste converted into energy. A maximum of 30% will be sent to upgraded landfills, with old systems being phased out by 2009.
Juergen Trittin, the Federal Environment Minister, said: “Today marks an end to the practice which created innumerable contaminated sites for future generations, that of burying waste in landfills and forgetting it. This fundamental change is a milestone of environmental protection, comparable with the introduction of the legally regulated catalytic converter of cars.”
In addition to its environmental benefits the new scheme has already created over 15,000 new jobs through 7.5 billion Euros of investment made by local authorities and environmental groups.
The most advanced form to recover substances and convert waste into energy is known as Thermal Recycling® which will be toured in Hamburg.
Bottom line: Waste has value by avoiding pollution, enhancing recycling and by creating jobs and energy.
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SWANA - The Solid Waste Association of North America, has been the
leading professional association in the solid waste field for over
40 years. Our association serves over 7,000 members throughout North
America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications,
publications and a large offering of technical training courses.
SWANA's core functions are to
educate, innovate and communicate.
These words also help categorize the many benefits
of being a member of our association.
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