SEPARATE – Accelerating the market uptake of an innovative separation and cleaning system for bio-waste from MSW

db technologies BV has received a European grant to accelerate the market uptake of its innovative separation and cleaning system that radically improves the quality of bio-waste stemming from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and separate bio-waste collection. Through this eco-innovative process, bio-waste can be effectively recycled and used in anaerobic digestion instead of losing valuable organic material through incineration or landfilling.

The proposed technical solution consists of two innovative technologies working in an integrated system that firstly separates incoming MSW (or other potentially polluted organic waste) with a high-pressure hydraulic press into a wet organic fraction and a dry non-organic fraction with a very high efficiency. In the next steps, the organic fraction is further cleaned in a cleaning system and a sink tank leaving only 0.5-2% of impurities and providing for the absence of damaging parts in the organic material.

This represents an almost revolutionary 30% efficiency improvement in terms of separation and purification resulting in high-added value organic material. SEPARATE will design and produce a mobile unit to test, analyse and assess different waste streams in 2 European countries; carry out in-depth market analyses to shape replication and exploitation actions in five European markets and divert 20.000t of mixed bio-waste from landfill.


SEPARATE is co-funded by the Eco-innovation Initiative of the European Union.