Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Center
The City of Saida is located about 40 km to the south of Beirut, Lebanon on the south coastal road. Saida has a Long Beach and a small seaport. The population is estimated at 200,000.
IBC developed total treatment system for the management of Household Municipal Solid Waste that excludes the dependency on sanitary landfill, incineration and source of odors. It also considers the waste as a resource since the system adopts the following steps:
1.Separation of the MSW into organic and non-organic components.
2.Treat the organic component in an anaerobic digester to produce Methane gas and organic fertilizer.
3.The methane gas is used in co-generation to have electric power that runs the plant with surplus for export.
4.The organic fertilizer is used by farmers for eco-farming to help them exclude their dependency on chemical fertilizer; thus qualifying their produce for export to regions such as the EU.
5.The non-organic components are separated to enable the process of recycling such as plastic, paper, tires, metals and others.
6.Finally, the process ends up with several industries that create jobs in the area and relive the municipalities from side effects caused by the MSW other treatment technologies and in particular landfills.
The plant occupying the total space of 38,000 m2, will be operational in 2010.