Using Starter MRFs To Eliminate Open Burning
and Stop Use Of Unsanitary Garbage Dumps

In The Developing World


Valueless inorganic waste and organic waste in small cities in developing countries is either openly burned or sent to unsanitary garbage dumps. Simply put, these local areas cannot afford modern expensive waste management systems and modern landfills, nor do they have the waste volume to justify them. Plus, most small cities have very limited power.


We leverage our innovative self-fueling, small-scale & mobile combustor. It anchors and enables the cost-effective creation of small-scale waste processing, recycling and disposal facilities in small cities within developing countries (when compared to the modern waste infrastructure alternatives).

We call our system a Starter MRF or SMRF

Our waste processing SMRFs employ tools and people to filter out the organic waste for composting, sort out the valuable inorganic recyclables, and the leftover inorganic “valueless waste” is chopped up and sent into our combustor where it is destroyed –with hot “exhaust heat” as the output.


Our SMRF enables a new way to “cleanly” dispose of leftover non-recyclable waste for areas without sanitary landfills and can provide, if an optional energy generator is included, 24/7/365 reliable energy for a local community building.

It replaces use of open-pit burning or open-faced and unsanitary garbage dumps as the only options residents of a small city in a developing country have for getting rid of this valueless residual waste.


In theory, each SMRF can support an area that generates about 25,000 tons of waste per year, assuming 80% is composted/recycled and 20% is processed by our combustor.

Imagine, 4 SMRFs set up in adjacent local areas - each processing 25,000 tons. 100,000 tons of waste per year are effectively removed from public view.  Streets are clear of waste.   Less open burning and therefore better air quality.  Tourists don't see waste.... basically the area goes from "waste-everywhere" to "waste-free." 

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Let's assume we can deploy 1000’s of these units over the next 5-10 years throughout participating countries and their municipalities.

We may very well have waste processing and recycling system to effectively end the practice of open burning or using unsanitary garbage dumps in the developing world.


To Learn More: "Scaling/Derisking Minigrids: Waste As Ally

Paraphrasing the Rocky Mountain Institute’s January 2017 “ Energy Within Reach” Report about minigrids in sub-Sahara Africa, minigrids have the potential to play a more important and vital role in Africa’s economic development as the least cost energy access option, especially if a minigrid’s business model offers more end-user services at lower costs. Currently, they are underperforming – less than 1% market penetration.

    Premise #1:By integrating the economic incentives of minigrids with the economic incentives for locals to participate to create their “waste-free” small cities, a local government will be able to experience both exponential economic and population growth. They will have cost-effectively gotten rid of waste as 100% energy access occurs, and, at the same time, completely power the communities healthcare facilities and clinics.

    Premise #2:With the absence of toxins in the air, and less garbage in dumps, and reliable and abundant power, the local area receives a boost of economic productivity (residents are suffering less) & health benefits (spending less on being sick).

In sum, a city, a region, a country without waste problems, with excellent healthcare, reliable power and better air/water will ATTRACT GROWTH!