With the ever-rising human population, cities all over the world are having a hard time disposing of waste generated by it. There are no more free lands to use to dispose of waste, which means landfills are no longer a solution to waste management. The focus has since shifted to more environmentally friendly ways of waste removal. Technological advancements have helped with virtually everything, and waste removal is no exception. New technologies and innovations are being implemented to help reduce the amount of waste reaching the UK landfills. This is bound to change how waste is managed in the future, here’s how:
Turning Waste into Energy
One of the best ways to use waste is to tap into the unused energy. Certain types of waste can be converted into energy through gasification technology. For starters, solid waste can be used to generate clean synthesis gas (Syngas). The gas has 50% of the natural gas density, making it an Eco-friendly way of producing energy. Syngas has multiple uses, including replacing fossil fuels, refining crude oil, generating power, not to mention, it can later be reprocessed into green diesel. Waste can also be converted into special products through thermal conversion technology. This process uses heat and pressure to turn waste into useful products such as chemicals, oils, and fertilisers.
Most plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, not to mention, they are wildly hazardous to local ecosystems and wildlife. That’s why most countries have been pushing to phase-out unsustainable plastics by issuing bans on plastic. This means that the demand for biodegradable plastics is set to increase in the coming years. Currently, the biodegradable plastic still requires a proper recycling process to have the material processed. This is going to change with the introduction of plastics that degrade in just a few hours.
Automated Vacuum Collection System
Also known as the pneumatic refuse collection system, this modern piece of technology uses pneumatic tubes that are located underground to transport waste at high speeds. The waste is then taken to a collection station where it’s further compacted and sealed in containers awaiting disposal. When developed further, this concept can revolutionise waste removal in the entire world.
Radio-frequency Identification (RFID)
RFID technology can be used to monitor waste pickup and collection activities. It uses automated sensors that trigger instant alerts to waste management companies every time a container is full and need to be serviced. RFID also tracks the routes used, as well as, where and when pickups are made. When used on recycling bins, this kind of monitoring gives a clear picture of what areas are recycling and how often. This can help determine what measures need to be taken to incentivize others.
Automated Waste Segregation
This advanced robotic technology is able to detect different types of waste and take the necessary actions to effectively separate the waste. It uses sensors, cameras, and artificial intelligence to automatically recognise, sort, and compress waste. Automatic waste segregation can be relied upon to sort out waste quickly and effectively, which in turn ensures proper waste disposal.
Around 1.8 million tons of E-waste is generated in the UK every year. Most of this dangerous waste stream generated around the world ends up in third-world countries where it sits there unrecycled. Luckily, e-waste can now be managed more effectively thanks to Electronic Waste Shredder. This modern technology ensures e-waste is properly recycled and sensitive information remains private.
At Waste Express, we offer both domestic and commercial waste removal and clearance services across the UK. Our specialised services are available on a same-day basis across the country. We keep incorporating the latest technologies and innovations into our waste removal efforts to ensure we deliver the best services to our clients, as well as, preserve the environment.
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