The issue today
The World Bank Group estimated that we generated ~2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste in 2016, and that it will hit 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050 if we do not take drastic actions. Most of the waste (58%) ends up in open dumps and landfills, with only 13.5% recycled.
In particular, we are concerned with the harm that waste plastics and tires bring to our environment and wildlife. Even as we reduce our plastic usage and develop eco-friendly alternatives, plastic waste (12% of all solid waste in 2016) is still accumulating. As for tires, viable alternatives are still in the lab and possibly years away from implementation.
Existing solutions are not sufficient; we need cleaner and greener ways now.
Greenway Revolution’s approach to solving the problems
Greenway’s approach to the waste issue is based on our circular economy philosophy. We believe in moving away from the extractive take-make-waste mentality towards a closed loop approach by recycling and regenerating useful material from waste.
A. Reuse and recycle
B. Recover and regenerate
We offer two solutions: One is to maximize the recycling rate to (a) reuse and recycle waste plastics into useful material for manufacturing via our Material Recycling System, and the other is to recover and (b) regenerate refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and carbon black from waste plastics and tires via our Waste-to-Energy System.