Humans are extremely good at turning the world around them into huge volumes of waste – at least this is something that numbers say. Thus, an average US citizen produces around 2.3 kilos of trash daily – with a certain degree of accuracy we can say that almost a ton of waste is produced by an average American annually.
What sort of waste do people produce?
The main types of waste produced globally can be divided into hazardous, conventional and medical categories. Roughly 75% of the global waste produced by people is conventional waste, mainly household junk, comprised of plastic, metals, glass and paper. In most of the highly-developed economies a better part of household waste is thoroughly recycled (e.g. Singaporeans boast 82% recycle efficiency), nevertheless, landfill and the outdated incineration still account for a certain part of the process. Thus, even conventional type includes plenty of toxic elements: batteries, circuits (containing hard metals) and etc. Not all the subtypes of waste can be processed without releasing more contaminants as a result of their treatment.
How do we take care of it
With the population increase, we are slowly turning the planet into the wasteland, so is there any way out? Yes, recycling seems to be the right direction, but good enough for those things that are easy to manage. What shall we do with zillions of those smartphones, laptops or tons of toxic medical waste? Landfilling becomes too pricey and naturally, too obsolete. Incineration? It is too 20 century as well, the no-less damaging effect for the environment excludes its further development in the age of information.
However, it seems that we can still see the light in the end of the tunnel: plasma recycling (also known as ‘plasma gasification’ and ‘plasma waste recycling) promises to solve the problem in the nearest decades in a truly effective way. Although it demands further improvement and development, it works already and demonstrates considerable efficiency enhancement trends.
The technology implies creating an area heated to thousands degrees capable of turning solid waste into gas, with almost zero level emissions.
The innovators and commercial interest
Can you imagine that all the waste dumps are the ready to be used sources of energy? With optimised business processes and financial aspects, something that is actively developed by commercial structures, this can become our reality in some 10 – 20 years. The innovators like Simdean, concentrating their efforts on industrial waste disposal, plasma waste disposal and researching, have designed a neoteric system that ultimately eliminates hazardous waste while cutting down emissions to nothing and minimising operational expenses to a newer level make another vital step into the industry development. Thus, a brand-new technology makes use of high temperatures (1,900°C – 4,000°C) to instantly destroy the harmful components. Designed for pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the technology demonstrates unparalleled efficiency and lower maintenance expenses; the prospects are even more exciting – making the technology available for the wider usage. With this scale technological advances recycling is on the edge of a technogenic revolution.