Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)

Trash to Compost

As landfills fill up and become increasingly difficult to permit, many throughout the United States are following in the footsteps of Europe, turning to MBT or “Mechanical Biological Treatment,” to upcycle valuable recyclables and reduce landfill use by as much as 80%.


How It Works

MBT involves taking MSW - also known as trash - and sorting it into different streams such as metal, nylon, plastic recyclables, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), and organic materials. Typically the recyclable portion can be sold for a profit, the RDF sold at a slight loss, and the organic fraction composted prior to being used as non-emitting landfill cover or low value finished compost. GMT has numerous cutting edge solutions for composting the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), specifically tailored to the difficulties of processing heavily contaminated and acidic waste streams.

Why MBT?

As landfills fill up and become increasingly difficult to permit throughout North America many waste management professionals are turning to MBT. The technology is mature, having become one of the primary ways of treating MSW in Europe.

Collaboration for Impact

Through our partnership with Compost Systems, Green Mountain Technologies is bringing advanced MBT technology to the United States. With over 30 successful MBT facilities around the globe, our process is proven to help municipalities save money while keeping waste out of the landfill.

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