UBQ invented a garbage recycling system that turns trash into tiny, usable pellets and reduces carbon monoxide emissions during production.
Innovative Israeli company UBQ is turning unsorted garbage into environmentally sustainable thermoplastic pellets for plastic manufacturing that can be used for commercial and industrial products.
“Landfills are among the largest human-caused sources of methane emissions, due to the anaerobic decomposition of organics,” according to the UBQ website. “Considering the staggering volumes, humanity needs to turn waste into a resource, beyond mere ‘energy reclamation,’ which also has negative environmental impacts.”
Sustainability strategists Quantis International has called the innovation “the most climate-positive material on the planet.”
Unlike the production of PVC and polypropylene that has a negative impact on the environment, producing one kilogram of UBQ material saves 11.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and a total industrial offset value of 14.5 kilograms, according to Hudson Technologies (HDSN).
Today, over 2 billion tons of global municipal solid waste is generated each year. By 2050, this amount will more than double.
Uncollected and uncontrolled collection of waste leads to many problems including damaging health, the environment, tourism, and increasing clean-up costs. UBQ reports that “40 percent of the world’s waste from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry is not collected or treated,” influencing today’s global environmental crisis.
To gain perspective on the potential impact this Israeli innovation can have on reducing waste, one industrial-level operational UBQ facility has the capacity to convert the equivalent of 565,000 cars a year into a usable substance, for example. As production costs less than plastics made from oil, there is also a financial incentive for using this new technology.
“What UBQ is doing is taking all these valuable materials that are thrown away and bringing them back to life in an up-cycling way,” Jack “Tato” Bigio, co-founder, CEO and chief executive of UBQ, said, according to HDSN. “We’re replacing a very expensive and scarce resource and, all of a sudden, coming much closer to a circular economy. The value proposition is incredible.”
The pellets can be used to make pipes, bins, pallets, boxes and flower pots. The company plans to eventually create building materials and even pavement for roads.
Some of the world’s leading food giants, DIY companies, automotive manufacturers and construction companies are currently working with this Israeli company, reported HDSN.
“We only have 12 years left to reduce global warming levels,” according to UBQ. “A zero-waste approach is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective solutions to reduce emissions while accelerating the transition to a circular economy.”