AN ‘OUT OF BOX” SOLUTION
Imagine our combustor situated on the premises of a landfill that is projected to run out of capacity in ten years, before 2026. They have every reason to extend their ability to operate. For each ton destroyed now by our combustor, there is one less ton of waste that won’t take up space within the landfill for the next 20-100 years.
Landfill operators would still receive their tipping fees, they now, they’ll be able to do their own sorting after receiving the waste and filter out the materials that clearly could be combusted, especially the non-recyclable plastics and treated wood. hen, they could feed this filtered waste into our combustor. The operator could then use the generated power within its own facility to run the landfill (offsetting their own electrical retail bills), or they could channel the energy back into the electric utility grid and receive wholesale rate revenues from the utility, too –another revenue source.
To scale this option, each landfill operator would need to understand the daily amount of waste that might be combustible, the amount of work/cost required to filter it out (perhaps a robotic MRF facility at the landfill), how easy it’ll be to filter & send the material into our combustor (passing the “is it worth it test”), and the ROI/savings that can be achieved, especially compared to the alternative high-costs of adding additional landfill capacity.
THE PROBLEM WE CAN SOLVE
Currently, the United States recycles, through various Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), about 1/3 of the waste produced. The rest goes to landfill. Once at landfill, the landfill operators have had no real incentive to further sort the materials, at all, given they have received their tipping fees.
There are currently over 1300 operating landfill sites in the US. The majority of these operating sites have not implemented methane capture systems, and even those that have, by definition will be running out of space. Licensing of new landfill sites and expansion of existing sites remains problematic due to expanding EPA regulations, high costs to build them, and increasing “not in my backyard” opposition from local residents.
Thus, many large cities and nearby municipalities are focused on zero-waste initiatives to both reduce the volume of combustible materials going into landfills, and increase recyclables.
In addition, many cities in the Northeast and West Coast have limited local landfill options and subsequently are paying high landfill tipping fees (example NYC pays $100+ to transport waste out of state). Every ton they don’t send to landfill saves them money.
MARKET OPPORTUNITY: POTENTIALLY LARGE
It would not be inconceivable, at some point in the future, where all landfills around the world have our unit on site. We could eventually have 1300 sales in the US, for example, once we prove the ease of use, and ROI benefits to cities. Plus, the potential for multi unit sales of the smart mobile combustor to landfill operators is a potentially significant market opportunity once clear ROI/Savings can be quantified.