Anaerobic digestion facilities in Switzerland

BioCycle Magazine
October 1, 2001 | Maria Kelleher


WHILE most people associate Switzerland with stunning scenery, great cheese and watches, few link the country with leading edge waste processing technology. But in quiet, efficient Swiss style, the country has a number of operational anaerobic digestion (AD) plants generating natural gas and electricity from organic residuals.

Waste management in Switzerland differs significantly from other countries in Europe and in North America. Switzerland has a rigorous policy which requires 95 percent of all waste sent to a landfill to be “stabilized,” a policy that ensures that very little organics decomposition takes place in the landfill itself.

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