DAILY NEWS Sep 17, 2013 9:00 AM - 1 comment

Students develop accelerant for landfill plastic decomp

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By: SWR Staff
2013-09-17

PlasTek, a new patent-pending compound, claims to solve landfill space capacity problems by decomposing plastics over 12–36 months once sprayed onto garbage in a landfill — a process that would normally take thousands of years to occur.

Brigham Young University Students are the founders of Inviroment, and the creators of PlasTek, which uses methane gas capture and produces enough green energy to power as many as 4,000 more homes per landfill each year. This would reduce CO2 emissions by 68 million pounds annually per landfill– the equivalent of CO2 emissions from 34 million gallons of gasoline every year.  

This student start-up is currently raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign and could use the public's support to advance the research and get the technology market ready.

The team experts at Inviroment seem to have found a perfect solution for both the environmentalist and the capitalist, turning garbage in to money.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 91 per cent of plastics in the U.S. end up in landfills, despite best recycling efforts.

Plastics occupy 20 – 24 per cent of landfill volume and take millennia to decompose on their own, leaving cities and counties with crowded landfill problems and ever-increasing expenses to manage the garbage.

Inviroment estimates PlasTek will produce enough space savings and green energy to generate more than a 136 per cent ROI for landfills, the company says.

PlasTek is a non-toxic, eco-friendly solution that works by accelerating the decomposition of all plastics in landfills so they can later be digested by the naturally occurring bacteria which produce methane as a byproduct. Inviroment will sell PlasTek to the nearly 600 landfills that already have methane-to-energy collection systems in place, thus minimizing our waste footprint while producing clean energy to power homes.

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded Inviroment with a $100,000 grant for the development of PlasTek as they see the impact this will have on our environment and our economy. This technology is a great advancement in landfill management and green energy.

Inviroment is in its advanced stages of developing a final product to help save our planet and they can use your help with a donation through their Indiegogo campaign that went live on September 10, 2013: igg.me/at/inviroment

Inviroment LLC, was founded in January 2013 composed of Brigham Young University Students and other seasoned professionals that want to be good stewards of the environment by developing waste management technologies that improve the environment in a fiscally responsible way. Inviroment has developed a patent-pending compound that will decompose all types of plastics in landfills while creating more space and clean renewable energy at the same time. Inviroment plans to partner with major industry leaders in making this world a greener place. 

To view an Inviroment video on YouTube, please visit: http://youtu.be/JeCwo_th_tA



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Robert Sensenstein

"Works by accelerating the decomposition of all plastics in landfills." Aren't landfills today lined with a synthetic plastic geotextile liner? I hope someone has thought this through all the way.

Posted September 17, 2013 02:48 PM


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