The Market for Mechanical Biological Waste
The Market for Mechanical Biological Waste Treatment in Europe
The business with mechanical biological waste treatment plants (MBT plants) continues to be a strong
market. In the past 5 years, an average of about 25 new MBT plants were constructed annually in Europe. In
this way, an average of about 2.2 million annual tons were commissioned each year.
In early 2017, Europe has a total of about 570 active MBT plants with a treatment capacity of 55 million tons.
ecoprog expects another 120 facilities with an estimated capacity of almost 10 million annual tons to be
commissioned between 2017 and 2025. Thus the market situation will continue to be strong in the coming
years, although the speed of construction will decrease somewhat.
In many countries, the modernisation of existing plants will replace the new construction business. One
reason for this is the production of RDF, which is increasingly pushed to reduce the landfilling fraction of the
MBT plants. The altered composition of residual waste as a result of a stronger separate collection also
requires investments in existing plants.
Against this backdrop, ecoprog has analysed the existing European MBT plants and forecast the future
market development by using a transparent methodology.