Every country in the world is struggling to win the battle with the ever growing amounts of waste our consumer society generates each day. All the predictions say that in the future, the numbers are going to keep on rising.
Proper waste management can help make progress in many areas – it ensures health of the citizens, it makes cities safe and sustainable, it can provide new green jobs and with that promote sustainable economic growth and thus help end poverty, it can open new possibilities for sustainable energy production, provide inspiration for sustainable consumption and production etc.
million tonnes per year (MSW)
remains on landfills
is converted to energy
Our Manage Your Waste model has been designed to use the latest technological solutions, connect them with already established idea of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and round it all up with the newest concept of Circular Economy.
MYW represents the model of waste management which is planned to be an open scheme for customization in communities which are struggling with waste.
The model consists of 4 phases, each independent with its own focus, but also linked to other phases. The implementation of all phases is planned to be simultaneous, but it can be made subsequently as well.
The solution depends on the community and the actual development stage of each location.
Phase 1 is focused on the cleaning of the existing waste from landfills, and packing it to preserve its quality for later use (planned in Phase 2).
We have chosen Swedish technology for compressing waste and wrapping it into special plastic layer to stop all chemical and biological processes. It is durable, cost effective and mobile, and it has 3 variations suited for small, medium and large amounts of waste.
Understanding that waste has economic and energetic value is the key for the Phase 2.
After the packing in Phase 1, the energetic value of waste is preserved for a certain period of time which allows enough months for the construction of the plant so that the thermal conversion of waste can start.
Thermal conversion uses the most sophisticated technology known at the present moment. The process is fully automatized, measured and controlled from the beginning to the end. This results in high efficiency of the plant, which has very high rate of waste to energy conversion.
The next step in the process of managing waste is crucial for optimal usage of natural resources. Phase 3 is focused on developing a sustainable waste management system which would rely on the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle principle (The 3Rs) and the new concept of Circular Economy.
The world currently relies on the system of Linear Economy which functions on the principle of TAKE-MAKE-DISPOSE: we take resources from the Earth, we use them to make products and then at the end of their life we see them as waste and throw them away onto a landfill.
Circular Economy is about re-thinking and re-designing the production process so that we minimize exploration of resources.
The last part of this model is Phase 4 which is focused on raising awareness about the whole model. However, it is only put in the last place in this presentation but actually, this phase needs to be developed and applied from the beginning and simultaneously with all the previous three phases.
Raising awareness is the most important factor in the whole model. The efficiency and speed of the implementation of this model depends on how fast we can influence the public to become aware of the present waste and environmental issues.