Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Recycling/Management through Innovative Technology by Babayan&Martirosyan
Aug 4, 2017
Your idea of transforming municipal solid waste to briquettes is a very good one. Previous attempts made in this direction abound in scientific literature and you can also find some online resources which could guide your project description.
Ridwan D. Rusli
Aug 16, 2017
These types of projects are critical worldwide. First step is early-stage separation of MSW metals, glass, plastics, paper materials, all of which are mixed with organic and inorganic waste. This can be done on household-levels, complemented by centralized, industrial-scale separation. Contingent on reaching critical mass and minimum scale efficiency, ultimate goal should be to separate more effectively and recycle more, leaving organic waste as main fuel for burning and energy generation. Literature for technology selection for separation, crushing, grinding, drying, binding/bracketing, gas treatment and combustion is available. Key is to get political support and (partial) public funding for the front-end separation step and for the ultimate energy sale (usually back to the municipalities).
Aug 17, 2017
Great project proposal. As you mentioned the importance of the project in the western developed countries, I just want to add that these projects are of utmost importance in the developing countries as well. I wish you all the very best to expand the project everywhere in the future.
Aug 24, 2017
Great idea for re-using valuable materials rather than wasting them. If you haven't already, you should look to the Building Sector contests to see if there's possible collaboration there. Last year, one proposal involved a product called Hempcrete that might benefit from such metal bricks. I find great information concerning innovative ideas for re-use of solid waste in an industry publication called Waste Dive http://www.wastedive.com/
Best of luck,
Hripsime Gina Martirosyan
Aug 30, 2017
Thank you all for your valuable comments! They are well noted to support our team in a thorough and multi-facet research of the issues you raised.
Sep 18, 2017
you proposal is extremely interesting due to some relation to research on this issue. I would like to contribute with the following ideas: a.- Be aware of social rejection (people sometimes do not accept to even collect their waste). b.- Be so kind to focus on the commercialization by economy of scale. In certain countries it might be possible to seel such idea or technology or the prototype and a company mght be interested diminishing the costs.c.- Be aware to sell the final prototype in copies that might be easy to handle. Unfortunately not all persons or groups of municipalities would have experts to handle the copy of your prototype (the machine) or to repair it in case of problems.d.- Be aware that in South America your project will be highly estimated therefore a good publicity for single municipalities of a low cost machine will be highly desirable. For this las idea do not forget youtube and other non commercial platform in which a short film might be more useful than an explanation. e.- Do not forget to consider rejection due to "everything is in the internet and it is just a matter of finding the appropriate technology". Such answer to proposals are quiet common for entrepreneurs. f.- Be aware of of costs related to shipping and handling if you would like to export your product and services. Best regards. Sergio
Nov 2, 2017
congratulations for your success. I would like to contribute with some more idea. There are problems related to social rejection and commmercialization to be considered. More, the technical problems derived from technology transfer might be an important issue to be considered. As you probably know already, rules on intellectual property are not the same as rules related to transfer of technology, many times related to the problem of contracts of public goods (good that are under the sovereign of the State, therefore private use is allowd by exption and not as a general rule). if you can elaborate on this issue would be outstanding to learn from you experience.
Hripsime Gina Martirosyan
Nov 6, 2017
thanks much for your comments. I made additions to our project proposal basing them on your comments.
Nov 26, 2017
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