The potential complications of excess waste and improper waste management procedure continues to grow by the day. The rising population, now at 7 billion, coupled with the intense increase in the amount of trash produced globally, poses serious risks in terms of the availability of clean water and healthy food production in the future. The U.N. has declared their expectation that the global population will reach 8 billion by 2025, and, considering the rate at which trash production has increased, this means more pressure than ever will be placed on the safe and efficient disposal of trash.
Each American is estimated to create roughly 4.5 pounds of trash per day. The volume of this and the impact it can have on the environment are worthy issues that many have agreed warrants an ongoing discussion. Corporations have long been working to leverage the demand for more efficient waste management into profits and some of them have proven successful.
The primary method embraced for minimizing the volume of trash in the past several years has been incineration. Incineration has been around for some time but only recently has the process entailed harnessing the steam from the incinerator to create electricity for homes and businesses. This method offers not only a solution for waste by reducing volume by as much as 50 percent, but also meaningfully contributes to the preservation of our fossil fuels. Like with many environmental solutions; however one solution begets another problem.
The problem in this case is IBA or Incinerated Bottom Ash, a highly toxic by-product produced when multiple compounds are mixed and then subjected to high temperatures as they are in incineration. The IBA is not only dangerous but difficult to contain, threatening to negatively impact the ecosystem surrounding those landfills that contain it.
To discontinue this method would mean speeding the potential dangers presented by excessive waste in landfills, but to carry on with it presents its own set of problems.
IBAGreen (PIEX) has developed its own solution to make incineration safer and more efficient than ever. IBA, using its patented proprietary process, is able to use the toxic ash to manufacture commercially viable construction products like a superior alternative to Portland cement, fluidized thermal backfill for roads, and precast concrete products. The nanotechnology employed by the company neutralizes the threat of the toxic compound while preventing moisture permeation. In preventing water from permeating the surface of these products, the company succeeds in lengthening the lifespan of its products well beyond the current market standards.
This process effectively eliminates the need for costly and dangerous transportation of IBA while expanding the options for states like California, that have made IBA storage illegal as a consequence of its risks. By taking responsibility for the waste and creating, new marketable products that surpass environmental and industry requirements, IBA creates a unique business plan that helps minimize the resources and energy expended in creating new products. IBA benefits on either side of the process, not only generating a profit for taking responsibility for the toxic waste, but also on the sales end through the development and sales of top tier products.