Enhanced Landfill Mining For Recycling And Energy Benefits

Enhanced Landfill Mining For Recycling And Energy Benefits

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

Emma Hutchings
  • 9 september 2011


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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