In Brief

In the future, landfill sites could be cleared and reclaimed using mining, recycling and energy-generation.

 

Group Machiels, a Belgian waste management company, believes Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) has great potential for recycling, energy and also property development. The company owns the REMO landfill site in Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium and plans to excavate and separate the various fractions. The site contains over 16 million tonnes of waste and Group Machiels estimates that about 45% of this could be recycled, either directly or after a controlled treatment process. The remaining waste could be used in energy generation after being converted at a highly efficient plasma plant, such as Advanced Plasma Power, the company they are working with. The land where the site was could then be reclaimed and used again.

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