In the blink of an eye, the earth’s population has absolutely exploded to huge numbers. In fact, as of 2020, the earth’s population growth rate is around 1.05% per year and the current average population increase is estimated at 81 million people per year.

With this continuous growth, can you imagine how much additional waste is created each year? Where does the waste go? How is organic waste separated from plastics and other waste along the way or even at all?

At BurCell® Technologies, we think about these things, and we’ve created a solution with our BurCell® System to ensure far less trash is wasted.

How? By building state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facilities centered on our proprietary BurCell® System. The BurCell® System accomplishes two critical tasks that are essential to cost-effective recycling and resource recovery: separating mixed waste streams into usable fractions (macro separation) and creating valuable feedstocks that can be converted into multiple forms of biobased energy and biobased materials (value extraction).

What other interesting facts come to mind when we think about the BurCell® System? Well, here are our three favorites.

1. A System That Keeps Trash out of The Landfill

The BurCell® System is a modular batch process designed to process as little as 100 tons of waste per day. In comparison, multiple units can be configured to create a continuously operating system that can process as much as 800-1,000 tons per day. Up to 75% of this material can become a recovered resource, and that keeps waste out of landfills.

Why it’s important: The EPA stated that Americans produced over 267 million tons of trash in 2017. That’s 4 and a half pounds per person per day! What happens to this trash? Some of it is recycled, some of it is burned in waste combustion power plants, but most of it ends up in a landfill.

The BurCell® system is an effective and environmentally superior alternative to landfilling and combustion.

2. The BurCell® System Is Cost-Effective

The state of the art BurCell® Centric Material Recovery Facility is capable of providing its processing services at rates that are competitive with landfilling in many parts of the county.

Why it’s important: The cost of recycling and waste management continues to rise, and we don’t want to add to that problem. Our goal is to reduce the cost of effective waste management.

3. The BurCell® System provides a unique and reliable source of renewable energy feedstock materials.

The BurCell® System converts municipal solid waste into an organic process engineered feedstock (B-PEF) that becomes a reliable source of renewable energy when utilized in anaerobic digestion, gasification or pyrolysis. Once the organics are removed, mixed plastics can be easily separated for recycling or renewable fuel production.

Why it’s important: Whether you realize it or not, the earth is running out of natural resources. Think about all the oil, gas, and coal that is being used, and has been used since it was first discovered. The demand for those natural resources continues to increase, as the earth’s population increases, and the environmental impacts of consuming these fossil fuels is well known.

This means that there must be some sort of alternative; which is exactly what the BurCell® System creates. The feedstocks that are created become a reliable source of renewable energy.

The BurCell® System: Making the World A Better Place

As fast as the world’s population continues to increase, we must do something about the way we handle waste. The BurCell® System is the system we need to break down waste and turn the compost into something that we can use as an alternative to the earth’s limited and scarce resources.

Want to learn more about how the BurCell® System works? Contact our team today.

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