M.s.w. Mechanical treatment plant – Catania

M.s.w. Mechanical treatment plant – Catania


Catania (CT)


Type of service:
Executive design and
construction management

Design period:
January 2009 – December 2010

Technical data

Site area:
90.000 m2

Maximum capacity:
220 t/h

Sustainable development objectives | Agenda ONU 2023


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The pre-selection plant of mixed waste is divided into four parallel lines, each of which
comprises a pre-selection stage consisting of a coarse shredding, a primary screening,
a separation of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and a pressing of the coarse material,
and a refining step of the organic waste consisting of a secondary screening, with the
production of an underscreen to be biologically stabilized and an overscreen to be
processed with ballistic and infrared separation of recyclable materials. The system
doesn’t require the use of personnel for the sorting operations, which are conducted
exclusively automatical and managed by an operator from the control room. From the
undifferentiated M.S.W. the process allows the separation of the following: plastics to
be recycled; iron and aluminum to be later in foundries; organic material to be stabilized
for covering landfills or environmental remediation; material with high calorific value and
pressed into bales for disposal in landfill or for recovery as fuel in incinerators.
The factory shed is constantly kept under negative pressure in order to ensure the
health of the workplace. The air treatment system is constituted by a scrubber (washing
tower type) and a biofilter capable of returning the air in the atmosphere in accordance
with the most stringent levels set forth by law.
An implementation phase is also in place, which is aimed at the refining of the
screening material coming from the primary and secondary screening and waste of the
ballistic and optical separation; this material is the so-called RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel),
a “product” that will be inserted in the chain of the fuels used in cement plants, power
electrical stations, etc.