Improving waste management practices though a voluntary
grouping of seven local authorities in Northern Ireland.

Mechanical Biological Treatment

MBT is a tried and tested technology which is used successfully throughout Europe. All the processes are carried out within enclosed units, so there are no problems with odours or dust, but the end result is a valuable, safe by-product that can be used to produce energy which is classified as renewable.

Instead of just landfilling black bin waste – that waste which can’t be recycled – the North West Region Waste Management Group has a new solution; a solution that will recover additional recyclables and transform much of the remaining waste into a renewable energy source. Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) describes a number of processes in Waste Treatment. Follow our waste management vehicle as it brings residual waste to the plant for treatment. This section also explains the range of treatments used in this type of facility.


Mechanical Separation

The Mechanical part of the treatment happens in this phase of... Read Article


Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic Digestion happens inside stainless steel or reinforced concrete vats. It... Read Article


In-Vessel Composting

In-Vessel Composting or Bio-Drying is a natural biological process which takes... Read Article

Supported by
  • Strategic Investment Board
  • Department of the Environment
© North West Region Waste Management Group
  • Ballymoney District Council
  • Coleraine District Council
  • Derry District Council
  • Limavady District Council
  • Magherafelt District Council
  • Moyle District Council
  • Strabane District Council