As the landfills are being consumed at a menacing rate, municipal chiefs’ across the globes are furrowing their brows over how to tackle this gigantic issue. The incinerators have failed to keep pace with waste generation. Technological leaps are sought to decisively keep the garbage heap from assuming monstrous proportions.
This technology is still in its infancy, but is touted as an effective and long term remedy for the garbage handling issue. The underlying philosophy is same as that of incinerators. Waste would be converted into gaseous form by subjecting it to high temperatures and invoking electrical energy. The aim is to recover the latent energy in the waste optimally to channelize the same to other industries craving for energy. It is better to have the waste plasma treated after compacting, and recycling the same. This would also prove to be more economical and conducive to public welfare, rather than diverting the same to landfills.
The appeal of this technology is persuading even staunch opponents of burning of waste. The shrinking landfill and consistent drain of public money to purchase new lanes to be used as landfills are causing policy makers to sit back and rethink their old waste management strategies.
The gas extracted from plasma gasification process would be able to generate sufficient megawatts of electricity to actuate a number of industrial processes. If this is not embraced earnestly, the existing landfills run the risk of being filled up within the next ten to twenty years. The capital required for setting up the infrastructure and managing the resources is measly compared to the potential danger one may come across once landfill after landfill gets consumed up. Public opinion needs to be rallied in this direction to enable contemporary technology work out viable solutions in the interest of all.