New sludge handling report released, discusses challenges, opportunities

A new report has recently been released from Research and Markets on the importance of improved sludge management.


DUBLIN, Oct. 30, 2013 -- A new report has recently been released from Research and Markets on the importance of improved sludge management.

Titled "Sludge Management: Opportunities in Growing Volumes, Disposal Restrictions and Energy Recovery," the report focuses heavily on regions and their individual market characteristics. Likewise, it highlights the challenges of increased production volumes, as well as the significance of social responsibility, stricter disposal regulations and less landfill space that are creating opportunities to maximize the value of sludge for water treatment suppliers and wastewater producers alike.

With a booming global population, the volume of municipal sludge being produced is on the increase, and it simply has to be treated. The growing importance of cost-effective sludge management is changing the size and shape of the market. Further, as the volumes being produced accumulate, the evolving perspective is that sludge can be a renewable resource with a potential value stream, and that there are cost reduction opportunities from efficient sludge management. This report showcases the strategies that will allow industry leaders to benefit from a sustainable sludge management process.

On top of the usual waste disposal legislation associated with environmental protection, governments are also implementing stricter disposal restrictions to promote recycling of waste streams and discourage landfilling in regions where space is becoming scarce. With urban growth set to continue globally, these disposal restrictions and regulations are likely to become even more widespread -- now is the time for municipalities to maximize the value of their sludge streams and decrease their disposal costs, and for water technology suppliers to be aware of the global trends and regional challenges that will increase the demand for their services. We look at the drivers and trends in the sludge management market and the opportunities for particular businesses.

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