Cleantech pneumatic conveying systems specialist, MariMatic, has been contracted to design and supply the world’s largest automated solid waste collection system – to provide a cleaner and more attractive environment for the millions of pilgrims visiting Mecca and the world’s largest mosque there.
Waste is a growing problem everywhere and intense efforts are under way around the world to develop new and better systems for sorting and processing it, recycling it, or converting it into fuel for energy and other uses. Waste collection continues to be a bottleneck in many places, however.
Drawing on its decades of expertise in pneumatic conveying and its position as the leading global supplier of industrial waste collection systems, MariMatic has developed the MetroTaifun® automated solid waste collection system (AWCS) as a solution to this challenge.
MetroTaifun™ is designed to overcome the shortcomings of existing municipal waste collection systems, many of which are highly labour-intensive and inefficient and can break down altogether as a result of system overload or strikes. It does this by using a series of interconnected pipe networks to collect solid waste and litter and deliver it to waste stations, where it is fed into containers before being transported to recycling centres for onward processing or treatment.
As MetroTaifun® is highly scalable and flexible, it can be used for improving the waste management of a single building or an entire neighbourhood. MariMatic is currently installing Finland’s largest AWCS to serve an entire district of the country’s second-largest city, Tampere.
When completed, it will be capable of managing the collection of solid waste generated by 13,000 residents and 5,000 employees. The network of pipes linking 124 collection locations and 368 waste inlets will stretch some 13.5 kilometres in all, and the system will be capable of handling 13 tonnes of dry waste, bio waste, recycled paper, and cardboard a day.
|The MetroTaifun® system being installed in Tampere, Finland will link 124 collection locations and 368 waste inlets.
The world’s largest AWCS
The Tampere system will be small compared to the one that MariMatic has been contracted to supply to the world’s largest mosque, Al-Masjid al-Harām, in Mecca, however.
Saudi Arabia has spent billions of euros in recent years on improving the safety and comfort of pilgrims, and is now expanding the site to better serve the millions of visitors who come to the mosque every year. The MariMatic project is an integral part of this work.
The new automated solid waste collection system will have a daily collection capacity of 900 tonnes of solid waste, which will be collected and transferred through a 30 kilometrelong network of pipes to a waste station, where it will be compacted into containers.
Deliveries of materials for the initial phase of the project began in spring 2012 and the system is due to be handed over to the customer in 2013.
As the mosque expansion project progresses, the MetroTaifun® system will be further expanded to meet the site’s needs.
|The world’s largest mosque, Al-Masjid al-Harām, will soon benefit from the world’s largest automated solid waste collection system, capable of handling 900 tonnes of waste daily.