There is little doubt that we have too much waste and nowhere to put it. Whilst increasing pressure is being put on the general public to play their part in helping to protect the future it is investors who are putting their money where their mouth is. Increasing amounts of money is being invested into waste management to help fund the invention that could save the world. So here are the latest innovations that could well be tackling the very threatening (if slightly unglamorous) problem of waste management in the near future:
Enhanced Landfill mining
Enhanced Landfill mining could well alter the current state of waste affairs, having been piloted at a landfill site in Belgium it has shown promising results. The REMO landfill site holds 16 million tonnes of waste. It has been suggested 45% of this could be recycled with the remaining portion being used as a source of fuel. The idea behind this innovation is relatively simple: landfills would be re-opened with waste mined and fed to a material recuperation process. A decision tool has been created which sorts the wheat the chaff, or namely the material that can be recycled and that should be put towards energy. Not only would this help reduce recycling, but would allow for us to go back in time and salvage material that has been previously dumped.
The powering agriculture competition takes place annually and supports new projects that are designed to ease the energy strain on the farming industry, particularly in developing countries. Recent years have seen some phenomenal inventions that could have a serious impact on the amount of waste we produce. Award winning innovates have included India’s Promethean Power Systems, which use solar energy to cool milk as well as a cooling system that is powered by cow waste. The impact of this could be pretty powerful – especially as an increasing global population is making food growth an extremely pressing concern.
Anaerobic digestion is according to Waste Management world, “the most innovative and useful technologies by our industry in recent years.” Essentially it breaks down bio-waste, and then as if this wasn’t enough, it then converts this into energy. It will not only help reduce the current level of waste, but also find a helpful way for it to contribute to society. It’s frankly a really fantastic innovation and at Brantlegh waste we cannot stress how impassioned the general public should be about this latest innovation.
Zero emission cars
We are told over and over again that our cars are bad for the environment, our waistline and society in general. However, given the alternatives which can involve being stuck on a rather cramped metro crawling through Manchester or the even less attractive bus route it is unsurprising that most people choose to remain loyal to their automobile and drive. For convenience, expediency, and really because it is just a basic human right. However, driving could well become a far cleaner mode of transport as zero emission cars are slowly being developed to tackle this ongoing problem. If for no other reason than government policy is being shaped around that sentiment. Our own British government has confirmed that by 2050 all cars must be zero emission vehicles.