Use Cases

Avoid Use of Landfill for Certain Waste Streams Created During Natural Disasters: For FEMA-Led Natural Disaster Responses

THE PROBLEM WE CAN SOLVE

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Two May 2013 tornados caused widespread destruction in Oklahoma – a Huffington Post article pointed out the debris from the Moore OK tornado would be 1.7 miles high if piled on a basketball court (112,000 tons) View Article.

After a natural disaster i.e. hurricane, tornado, earth quake, the resulting debris must be disposed of before reconstruction can begin—often within 30 to 90 days. Typically debris removal requires the use of multi truck loads being transported to a landfill site for disposal, usually to multiple landfills in and out of different States.

In most instances disposal of combustible materials from these disasters uses valuable landfill capacity, and, given the volume, it would be hard to imagine that a diligent effort is made to separate what’s combustible (and even hazardous) from normal landfill intake. This is a big cost borne by local, state and national governments, and an environmental hazard to communities who host these landfills when such an intake occurs so unexpectedly.

THE SOLUTION

Utilizing our Smart Mobile Combustor strategically positioned at disaster areas –within a day or two of the disaster – will dramatically reduce the use of trucks and save valuable landfill space.
The ability of the combustor to destroy a broad category of combustible materials (wood, treated wood, painted wood, plastics ) greatly reduces the need to sort these materials prior to disposal resulting in lower cost to the community and clean up effort.

Imagine if FEMA owned a fleet of Smart Mobile Combustors. Let’s assume a tornado disaster occurs somewhere within Tornado Alley in the Midwest. This fleet could arrive within 48 hours, and could be potentially run by Team Rubicon, a volunteer non-profit of vets. It would be part of a pre-approved solution, and made available to communities hit by a natural disaster. As our units are mobile, we could set up a series of stations where combustible product could be sorted and dropped off to the nearest unit. This would provide an efficient, low cost disposal option which is environmentally far better than landfill disposal. The concept of these FEMA provided units would be comparable to the temporary housing FEMA provides for disaster relief.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Demonstrating the capability of the smart mobile combustor to handle a wide variety of disaster related materials can potentially generate significant sales for the company from the U.S. government and also governmental agencies around the world, such as in Asia, where the threat of tsunami is constant.
With the current EPA focus on reducing the use of landfills for disposal, the FBB-developed technology can provide a low cost and effective alternative.

Potential Use Cases

We wrote brief writeups for each of these use cases to illustrate the different ways our unit can be deployed, especially due to its mobility.

Our strategic plan is to focus on just one or two areas, initially, based on market receptivity, ROI, and overall socio-economic benefits derived from simultaneously destroying waste and producing energy.

In 2016, we wrote up 3 solutions that showcase the larger global impact of our WTE combustor: For refugee camps, for destroying plastic, and as an alternative to landfill, especially in developing countries.