Five little known facts about recycling sewage waste

MTS is leading the way in environmentally friendly waste treatment for the water utility industry.

With more than 30 years’ experience in liquid waste management, we’ve developed a unique in-house recycling facility and we focus on reducing, re-using and recycling waste products wherever possible.

1. Our industrial scale in-vessel composting system was the first of its kind in the UK. We recycle waste from our sewer cleaning contracts and grits and screenings direct from sewage treatment works. The waste is composted into beneficial soil conditioner.

The treatment facility is operated by our sister company Composting Facilities Services Ltd (CFS) and is fully licenced by the Environment Agency. We’re diverting around 17,000 tonnes of waste per year from expensive and unsustainable landfill.

The CFS plant also recycles green waste generated by grounds maintenance contractors to the water industry, Network Rail and the Royal Parks.

2. Our commitment to innovation and recycling contributed to Southern Water's achievement of zero waste to landfill.

Only a handful of utilities achieve 100% recycling rates and the MTS in-house waste treatment facility played a key role for Southern Water.

The solid debris that ends up at Southern Water treatment works (such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items) was creating around 10,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year. This waste is now composted into beneficial soil conditioner at the CFS treatment plant.

3. By drastically reducing the volume of material removed from a storm tank cleaning programme, we saved our customer Southern Water £1 million on a single project. We used a screening unit to separate and de-water the waste, sending extracted water back through the treatment works. This reduced the volume by 90%.

We processed the remaining 1,400 of dry solids at the CFS composting facility, sending zero waste to landfill. Watch this project in action.

4. By avoiding unnecessary tanker journeys and landfill disposal, MTS is setting a new standard of sustainability in the water industry. Our successful combination of Disab industrial vacuum tankers and D:Max screening units at Long Reach Waste Water Treatment Works has been recognised as best practice by Thames Water.

5. We recycle sludge waste from the water industry for use on agricultural land.

We collect and deliver sludge waste from treatment works (including from digesters and iron sludge) to fully licenced land banks. The waste is stockpiled according to all current statutory legislation.

We use computerised application to spread the sludge waste onto agricultural land, all fully recorded and mapped in accordance with regulations. We use sludge cake sampling and soil analysis to avoid disruption to farming and risk of seepage to water courses.

Watch our sludge recycling process from start to finish.

Why choose MTS?

  • 24/7 Reliability 01634 250326

    There is always someone to take your call - Our field service teams operate round the clock every day of the year.
  • Rapid response

    With hub depots throughout the region, we operate a highly flexible scheduling system. We instruct our nearest available tracked field service for the quickest response.
  • Competent first time fix

    Our fully qualified and experienced teams use high performance equipment to fix problems first time with no need for back up resources or second visits. We ensure the optimum solution for your needs.
  • Extensive range of waste solutions

    Our waste management services are available for both individual jobs and more complex packaged solutions. We offer a one-stop shop whatever your requirements and we are continuing to expand our range of services through innovation and investment.
  • Experienced and qualified team

    All management and staff receive full training and are qualified to demanding industry standards in their specialised disciplines. MTS invests in its people and, with low staff turnover, retains a considerable depth of experience to ensure Customers receive the best service. Email our team today at
  • Full QUENSH management systems

    MTS operates an integrated management system comprising the individual accreditations for ISO 9001 (Quality), 14001 (Environment) and 18001 (Health and Safety). Certified and regularly audited for compliance by BSI Customers are assured of rigorous processes and procedures supporting front line service delivery
  • Trusted service provider

    MTS is entrusted by major water companies across Southern and South East England to work safely to the highest performance standards under stringent environmental and financial control. Rail, airport and highway agencies similarly demand safe and secure services from MTS for the maintenance of critical infrastructure with minimum risk to the travelling public


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