Video explains new waste treatment facility on Malta

A video is available providing an overview of the plant concept underlying the €50 million mechanical and biological treatment plant and bulky waste facility opened in February in the north of Malta.

Co-funded by the EU, and jointly designed and built by the German BEV Consortium (who received the contract from WasteServ Malta) and Vassallo Builders, the Malta North Waste Treatment Plant (MNWTP) is able to treat up to 76,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste, in addition to 47,000 tons of bulky waste and 39,000 tons of cow manure and chicken dung. The facility will generate about 10 GWh of electrical energy per year, will produce compost-like material and will have an important contribution to landfill diversion.

By recovering recyclable material such as paper and cardboard or metals (Fe and Non-Fe) and with the production of high calorific value materials (RDF – refuse derived fuel) “Malta continues its road to a well-studied waste management on the island”, according to a press release from BTA International, a technological partner on the project. “The start-up of the MNWTP is a milestone in the efforts to meet the ecological targets of Malta”, says the firm – now summarized in an explanatory video.

The Malta North Waste Treatment Plant (MNWTP) will seemingly drastically reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.

BTA has been responsible for the treatment of the organic fraction recovered from the municipal solid waste, which has been designed according to its own proprietary process. The firm is the technological partner for the wet pre-treatment and the three biological steps: anaerobic wet digestion, aerobic treatment of the digestate via wet oxidation and the process water management, including a biological nitrification and denitrification of the effluent water.