The recycling and waste management industry of Pennsylvania has responded to the increased demand with innovation in recycling techniques.
Global warming and environmental pollution has made waste management one the top priorities of the local and federal government. Waste management and recycling has climbed to the top of the political and environmental agenda of the country.
The recycling industry has totally changed over the past few years and several new techniques and concepts have been introduced such as anaerobic digestion, zero-waste philosophy, waste-to-energy, sorting technology, and waste to fuel. These new techniques have allowed the recycling companies to respond to global problems by providing more efficient and sustainable ways of recycling.
Zero Waste Philosophy
Zero waste philosophy goes beyond recycling by taking the whole system into perspective. It motivates people and organizations to modify their operations in order to produce minimal waste. It aims at minimizing waste, maximizing recycling, and increasing consumption of such products that can be recycled. It aims to eliminate waste rather than managing it.
Waste-to-energy or WTE is the process of utilizing waste to produce energy in the form of heat or electricity by incineration. It is a way to recover energy. However, waste-to-energy plants are expensive to construct and are very noisy, which makes them unsuitable for installation near residential areas.
Waste Sorting Technology
Different types of waste are treated in different ways during the recycling process. Therefore, it is important to separate different types of waste before recycling. The most common method to sort out different types of waste is the use of color-coded trashcans, but no matter what a lot of people throw their waste in the wrong bin out of carelessness or ignorance. The solution to this problem is automatic waste sorting systems. These systems use X-rays and Infrared rays to detect and separate different types of polymers.
Waste to Fuel
Waste to fuel is a very economical method to convert waste into fuel. Most common type of fuel produced from waste is biogas, which can be used to generate electricity. It can also be used to power vehicles. There are two methods to convert waste into fuel, including anaerobic digestion and gasification.
Anaerobic digestion is probably the best way to deal with organic waste. Before the development of anaerobic digesters, organic waste was diverted to landfills and was allowed to undergo digestion in an open environment. The digestion of organic material in open landfills produces methane, which is 80 times more potent as compared to carbon dioxide in terms of its global warming potential.
Anaerobic Digesters were introduced as a solution to this method. In anaerobic digestion, the organic waste material undergoes digestion in a closed vessel and the biogas produced during digestion is used to generate energy.
Anaerobic Digestion is considered to be one of the most useful and innovative recycling techniques introduced in the past few years in Pennsylvania. Energy Recyclers is a company that offers anaerobic digestion to the community of Pennsylvania. We provide environment friendly and affordable recycling solutions. If you want to recycle food waste and other organic waste materials, contact us by filling our online contact form.