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Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)

Definition - What does Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) mean?

Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) is a term that encompasses a number of different processes used to do with the biological treatment of waste products. MBT combines biological and physical processes, which can be organized into different arrangements. MBT is most commonly used to deal with municipal waste and is able to process both mixed waste products or separated waste products.

Safeopedia explains Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)

MBT is a well established waste management technology in European countries, such as Austria or Germany. The overall process of MBT's operation on waste starts with a mechanical sorting of refuse product into recyclable materials and a largely biodegradable or organic leftover product, which is further processes by a biological digestion process using microbes. The mechanical process can be reused during or after the biological treatment, however, and the process will vary depending on the material's new intended use.

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