A waste management company is taking an unconventional approach to waste management and recycling.
It’s called Waste Away and it has two key advantages over conventional disposal systems: it’s free, and it’s environmentally friendly.
“You can get rid of trash in a few days, it’s a lot easier,” says the co-founder and CEO of Waste Away, Chris Worsham.
“It’s a bit of a different approach.”
Worsham says Waste Away’s innovative waste management system, which is being piloted at Oakland and Sarasota universities, is the first of its kind in the US.
“We’re looking to expand the footprint of our system, and that’s our mission, to have a system that can be used at any university in the country,” he says.
“The system is really small.
It only takes about 10 cubic feet of waste to recycle.
You can go into your university campus and recycle, or you can go to your local recycling centre.”
A small, compact systemThe system uses a system called ‘towel-rack’ technology to collect waste from a large pile.
When a worker collects the waste, they can drop it into a bucket or roll it into the waste bin.
This then becomes a large container which is then stored in the Waste Away system.
Worsam says the system is relatively small, weighing less than 100kg and measuring 3.5 meters by 2.5 metres.
“There’s a few bins in the system, but the vast majority is stored in a container that’s about 3 feet wide by 4 feet long,” he explains.
“And then there’s a disposal bin, which has capacity of 400 liters.””
A recycling bin at Waste Away.”
And then there’s a disposal bin, which has capacity of 400 liters.”
A recycling bin at Waste Away.
Chris Worsam with a recycling basket.
“Our system is small and compact,” says Worsamp.
“Each of the bins can hold about 2,000 liters of waste.”
Wersam says it’s also environmentally friendly, with the waste being recycled back into the environment.
“At the end of the day, we recycle about 10 per cent of the material that we process,” he adds.
“So if we could make this system 100 per cent recyclable, that would save us more than $3,000 a year.”
The company’s website states that its system is designed to reduce landfill waste by 70 per cent compared to conventional waste management.
“If you are interested in our waste management approach, we suggest that you take the free trial,” the site says.
“If you’ve already taken our free trial, there is no obligation to continue to our trial.”
Wormholes, wormhole machines, and more Wormhole technologyThe company has also developed a wormhole technology that it claims could reduce the waste that is thrown away each day in the United States by 50 per cent.
“When we use our wormhole system, the waste gets redirected through a worm hole, which takes about a minute to close,” Worsham says.
The system’s primary objective is to reduce the amount of waste thrown away.
“We’ve been testing this for the last three years, so we have the system in place that is really robust and works,” he continues.
Worham is confident that Waste Away will help the waste management industry grow in the future. “
Once we have that in place, we’ll be able to move to a worm machine.”
Worham is confident that Waste Away will help the waste management industry grow in the future.
“I think that’s going to be really important for the industry,” he predicts.
“Because right now, we’re at a tipping point, so it’s really important that we continue to grow the industry and take advantage of what’s going on right now.”
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Woram hopes that the technology will make a difference to the future of waste management in the U.S.