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Company turns sewage waste into plastic

October 9, 2012

The technology from Applied Cleantech could benefit industries utilising paper and plastic, including the cartridge aftermarket.

PRNewswire reported on the development of the technology by the Israeli company, which “will enable turning the solids in municipal sewage systems into raw materials” for the plastics industries across the world. The technology recycles the solid through a continuous process called SRS (Sewage Recycling System), at the end of which the sewage solids become “high quality, clean and environmentally friendly raw materials”.

The new raw materials are not the only benefit of the process: there is a reduction of sewage purification plant loads of around 35 percent, and as a result the plants “enjoy reduced energy consumption and reduced operational and maintenance costs” and become “a true asset – a source of income and environmental contribution”.

The company states there are three benefits of the recycling: “reducing regular operational costs by approximately 30 percent”; “manufacturing and selling high quality consumer goods by utilizing sewage materials”; and “reducing greenhouse gases, thus preventing environmental hazards”.

The company notes that it has always intended to “provide a solution for issues in sewage care”, and adds that most sewage either ends up in landfill or is repurified into clean water, with substances including suspended solids, soluble solids, minerals, oils and toxic compounds left over – a “major issue that need[s] to be solved”.

Applied Cleantech’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Refael Aharon, stated: “The revolution is in regarding these solids not as waste that must be hidden, consumed by bacteria, or buried, but as a resource and base for raw materials that is sold back to the industry.”

The technology is “currently being utilized in a few cities around the world”, and is in “advanced negotiation phases with municipalities and investors” in both Europe and the USA. The implications for industries including the cartridge aftermarket are wide-ranging, with the potential for manufacturing components and cartridges from a far more environmentally-friendly base.

Categories : Products and Technology

Tags : Beyond Remanufacturing Environment Recycling

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