In the year 2020, almost 2 billion tons of waste produced in the world. What are we to do with all this trash?
1 -Turning waste into Energy:This is the most innovative and effective way to manage the exponentially produced waste. Instead of ending up in landfills, waste can be utilized to produce energy. An anaerobic digester is a promising technology that manages a large amount of waste by converting it into biogas. This gas could be used by industry itself, thus closing the waste loop. Following are some waste management technologies that help to achieve sustainable development goals.
Turning Waste into Energy
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3 – Smart Waste Management Technologies:Certain technologies have made the management of waste an easy task. Management technologies can track the trash and make people aware of how much waste they’re producing each day. Collecting trucks are usually fueled by coal or oil, so they produce emissions.
4 – Pneumatic Waste Collectors:Pneumatic waste collection is an environmental-friendly substitute. Underground pneumatic tubes system empty garbage bins through vacuum suction. Pneumatic tubes are powered by air pressure, so they don’t need any fuel. It’s an effective way to collect the garbage.
5 – Automatic Waste Collectors:Automatic waste collection simplified the management process. Automatic sensors trigger the alert whenever the container becomes full. Furthermore, optical sorters and disk screens make the waste sorting process easy.
6 – Smart Waste Container:The smart waste container is another waste management technology that helps companies to improve the trash sorting process. Smart waste containers automatically recognize the type of waste, sort it, and compress it automatically. Self-sorting waste bin notifies the company when it’s full. So, optimize the collection routes and improve the efficiency of fuel. Garbage bins have screens to guide people towards better waste management.
7 – Trash Compactor:The solar-powered trash Compactor has a sensor that monitors the filling capacity of bins. A compactor bin can hold at least eight times more waste than a non-compressor bin. In this way, it reduced the collection frequency up to 80 percent.
8 – Modern Trash Dumps:Waste emits poisonous gases that negatively impact the environment and ultimately affect human health. Waste management industries have modernized the trash dumps. Engineered landfills ensure the protection of human health and the environment. Integration of geomembrane with solar panels produces sustainable energy and cuts down the emissions as well. Industries require the use of metals, but extraction becomes costly and produces emissions. Recycling is a popular practice in industries to recover valuable materials from waste. Thermal cracking is usually employed to recycle the material such as plastic and e-waste. The development of single-stream recycling has reduced the sorting burden on people. This will improve the rate of recycling as well as emissions. However, some materials cannot vet recycled, such as multilayer films and fibres. So, they ended up as waste. 3R plays an important role in the management of waste. But it does not help in achieving the goals of waste management.
Conclusion:We are producing a large amount of waste each day. Every year, billions of tons of waste ended up in landfills and water bodies. This affects not only humans’ health but also their environment. Waste collection operations need to be adapted to meet the needs of growing cities. Waste management companies develop innovative technologies to make this process efficient. Waste to energy and waste recycling are two standard practices around the world. Smart waste containers, modernized trash dumps, and automatic trash collectors are some management technologies that make the process less laborious. Although the first step is to reduce waste production, these technologies have promising impacts on the environment.