Although recycling rates have increased over the years, with 2013 having a 34.3-per-cent recycling rate, there is still much to be done. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each person produces 4.4 pounds of waste per day, and only recycles or composts 1.51 pounds of that waste – that’s a creation of 2.89 pounds of waste per person.
ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. has created a solution too much of that waste problem, with its Steam Reformer. Using feedstock such as trash (municipal solid waste), woody biomass (leftover wood from clear cutting and construction), agricultural residues (animal manure and poultry litter), lignite (compressed peat), sludge, and paper mill residues and black liquor, we can create fuels – this includes not only diesel fuel, but jet fuel as well.
There has always been the need for a use for these excess materials. Although many of the industries already recycle as much as they can (for example, many broiler and turkey production houses reuse at least some of their poultry litter, by spreading it on the fields), there will always be an amount that just cannot be used. ThermoChem’s technology can reduce this waste even farther; not only is it environmentally friendly, it also creates something extremely useful.
Diesel prices over the past five years have ranged between $2.903 per gallon to a high of $4.157 per gallon (YCharts) – imagine what would happen if we could supplement the diesel produced commercial with that produced by our trash? The United States might not have to depend on imported diesel so much, and the prices at the pump just might reflect that.
Currently we recycle glasses, plastics, cardboard – even food scraps, with composting. That’s a good start, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could recycle even just 50% of our trash? That would be 127 million tons left going to the landfill, rather than 167 million tons.
ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc.’s Steam Reforming technology is the way of the future – turning trash into jet fuel, how could it not be?