A new system increases up to 70% the heating value of municipal solid waste


The Covertech system ensures that municipal solid waste (MSW) becomes dry matter with a high calorific power, ready to act as solid recovered fuel (CSR) in industries whose energy dependence is very high, such as cement or electric. Specifically, Covertech Biodry improves PCI (lower calorific value) of the residue up to 70% through biodrying.

In 2015, 4.178 tons of batteries and accumulators were collected in Spain


In 2015 a total of 4,178 tons of batteries and accumulators waste were collected by the various systems involved in such activity, as is the case of the Ecolec Foundation or the Ecopilas Foundation. This amount represents a degree of compliance with the objective of 36.73%


Over 10 million tons of steel were recycled by the steel industry in 2014


The Spanish steel industry´s export efforts have enabled this sector to recycle 10.6 million tons of scrap in 2014, of which 5 million are imported, making the country one of Europe’s great leaders in steel recycling along with Italy and Germany, and the first in Spain by volume over all other recycled materials.

A material from fluorescent and low consumption lamps that is rare in nature can be recycled


Chemists in the Belgian university KU Leuven have developed an innovative process based on ionic liquid technology to recycle the metal "europium" (an extremely scarce solid metal in nature) and "yttrium" (a rare earth although very abundant) used in fluorescent and low consumption lamps. These metals can be reused in new lamps.


The Spanish company Pronet ISE helps manage electronic waste in Colombia


Several Latin American countries have become aware of the importance of the management of electrical and electronic equipment waste (EEEW). Thus, Colombia and the Spanish company Pronet ISE have signed a partnership agreement to manage electronic waste in the country, a decision that opens the door to other Latin American countries for the company.

Abengoa commissions the first ‘Waste to Biofuels’ (W2B) plant


Ethanol production from municipal solid waste is a major technological advance in the waste management model. This is why Abengoa has long been working in this field and has recently opened in Salamanca, the demonstration plant with 'Waste to Biofuels' (W2B) technology, with a capacity to process 25,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW), and produce up to 1.5 ML of bioethanol suitable for its use as fuel.