Automated Zero Waste System ZeWS by TrashCon in India
India generates 200,000 tones of waste per day of which less than 5% gets recycled. Many municipalities refuse to collect unsegregated waste so residents have no choice but to dump it in the street. If it goes uncollected, it spreads disease or gets burned, polluting the air with toxic fumes and emitting greenhouse gases. When collected, it clogs landfill sites, where informal waste pickers work to try and make a living.
TrashCon has developed the world’s first system that mechanically segregates mixed general waste into degradable and non-degradable parts and then converts it into biofuel and multi-purpose furniture boards (Goal 12). Biofuel is a ‘green fuel’ that is sold to industries that depend on fossil fuels, such as brick kilns and garment factories, and corporates, who require a reliable source of clean and affordable energy (Goal 7). Recycled boards are sold for construction and furniture as an alternative to plywood, which reduces deforestation. Instead of it being burnt, the recycled waste reduces air, water and land pollution (Goal 14 and 15) and greenhouse gas emissions (Goal 3 and 13). Women who used to segregate waste by hand are now employed as supervisors and operators, boosting their income and safety, and reducing exposure to health hazards (Goal 5 and 8). Production of the recycled boards can scale up to 1000 4’ x 8’ boards per day per system which can fuel micro-industries that can convert it into tables, chairs and so on (Goal 11).
TrashCon has proved the model across 5 states in India by processing 2.5T to 25T of general municipal waste per day using smaller units. TrashCon, with the support of Transform is seeking to develop a 100T per day unit, which is required to test business model assumptions for scale and profitability. This would unlock opportunities for scale through World Bank, UN and country governments who need to see evidence of unit economics at this size.
The following outcomes are planned for the project:
1. Reduced dumping of mixed waste by 100T per day, avoiding water and air pollution
2. Reduced landfill use equivalent to 100T of mixed waste per day
3. 15-20 people no longer have to touch waste with their hands to segregate. They will have dignified jobs as supervisors and operators of the machines.
4. Revenue generation from sale of mixed waste derived by-products
5. Reduced GHG emissions from the transport of waste to the landfills or emissions from burning of the waste.
6. 13 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would have been
Furthermore, TrashCon welcomes collaboration to drive its waste management initiatives across the globe, and across any location, where there is need for dynamic and end-to-end waste management.
TrashCon is specifically looking for individuals and entities with a hold on the local market and government, who can assist in the setting up of Zero Waste Plants with minimum hassle, and focus on driving sustainability.
Additionally, we are keen to partner with major corporates for CSR or FMCG corporates with EPR plastic waste mandates.
Please get in touch. For information: https://trashcon.in/
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