What is MBT?

Mechanical and Biological Treatment, or MBT, is the generic term for a variety of processes by which waste is processed in order to remove recyclable and reusable materials. The aim of MBT is to minimise the environmental impact of waste disposal and to gain some further value from the waste through the recovery of energy.

The Lostock Gralam MBT facility will have a lifespan of at least 25 years, representing a significant investment in Cheshire's commitment to sustainable waste management. It will take residual household waste collected from homes across Cheshire and, rather than sending it to landfill, the facility will treat it using the MBT process to allow the extraction as much energy as possible.

The MBT waste facility will treat the 200 -230,000 tonnes of residual waste produced by Cheshire each year. This waste will be delivered to the site directly from household collections or from three new waste transfer stations that will be located in Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Crewe.  
 
Waste that cannot be recycled will be shredded and dried.  It will then be used to create a fuel to be used in a specially designed power station at Weston Point, Runcorn to generate heat and power.  

The small percentage of waste that cannot be recycled will be sent to landfill.

MBT plant

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