Preparating for the future

Good preparation and good decisions - the two key factors in managing a waste handling facility. Ewa Kesek knows whereof she speaks.

June 10, 2013

Ewa Kesek, was entrusted with the waste handling for Myslenice in 2007. At the time, that meant landfilling. But Ewa Kesek had a plan. She knew about the waste handling requirements that resulted from Poland’s entry into the EU, and repeatedly brought up the subject with the mayor. Finally the decision was made for a mechanical-biological waste treatment system (MBT). Thanks to well-chosen advisers the city was able to do its own planning work. The system was tendered out, constructed and taken into operation. Since 1 April 2012 Komptech machines have been working with three sorting lines and a box composting system from Austrian supplier MUT.

A compact plant for a big job
The compact dimensions of the facility are obvious at a glance. Just two halls were built next to the new landfill section, but these two halls handle 30,000 tonnes of household waste annually from Myslenice and its surrounding area. With Terminator, Ballistor, Multistar and Mashmaster, Komptech supplied the core machinery for the mechanical processing, as well as a Topturn for turning the windrows.

New business fields
The strong vision of this new era in waste handling in Poland has established itself,” says Ewa Kesek and the success is visible. The plant produces cleanly sorted recyclables, refuse-derived fuel for the cement industry and a landfill cover material. There are no tipping fees for these material streams, and the recyclables bring in revenues. “Sales of recyclables is its own business field for us. Currently we sell at daily spot prices, but we’re looking for long-term contracts,” reveals Jerzy Podmokly, Director of the Myslenice MBT. The environment also profits, since not even half as much material as before goes to the new landfill.