Here are some hard truths about Global Waste:
2 Billion tons of waste were generated around the world in 2017.
Within the next 30 years, global waste will increase to 3.4 billion tons.
Landfill waste accounted for 5% of all global emissions in 2016.
33% of all waste produced globally has no environmental controls to regulate its effect on the environment.
Every hour 900 tons of plastics enter the planet’s oceans.
The Problem with Tires
What happens when tires wear out and are replaced? This is a question many people don’t think to ask but it presents a very serious problem.
1 billion End of Life Tires (ELT) are produced annually and will continue to increase as economies grow around the world.
31% of all ELT were land filled in 2017.
Many End of Life Tires are shipped to countries with massive tire graveyards, some of which can be seen from space.
Tire landfills are serious environmental hazards as they can catch fire easily and are difficult to contain due to the high oil content in tires.
Tires are expensive to process and convert to new materials and the recovery rate is largely driven by regulatory fees imposed by governments.
Tire landfills are also mosquito breeding grounds because tires collect and retain water.
Current Waste Management Practices
There are currently 3 systems utilized in the waste management industry:
The Energy Crisis
As global emissions rise to unsustainable levels it is important to note the current energy generation landscape.
The world’s energy demand is expected to increase 30% in 20 years, the equivalent of adding another China and India.
Currently, 25% of global carbon dioxide emissions come from energy generation.
Wind and Solar technologies are fast becoming cost effective options, however they are variable generation technologies.
Renewable and base load energy technologies are necessary to combat climate change while preserving energy stability.
Source: International Energy Agency All rights reserved.