Advanced Recycling For A New Sustainability

By Graziano Beolchi | Updates

Feb 19

Advanced recycling is even smarter than the common recycling; it helps your company working better and attract more clients.

The advanced recycling is an asset for the best application of our proprietary strategy "from waste to waste for energy". By doing so, your business will further cut costs for you and for your clients as well.

Let's see why we might say that this approach is a "game changer"..

Advanced Recycling Explained

Recycling is a pillar of the "waste to waste for energy" strategy. It's very important to understand that for making your environmental or energy business really convenient over time, the prompt availability of reusable resources is the key.

Until now, recycling used to mean "making a second living opportunities for materials". In most cases, this applies to the generation of a secondary product. Recycled bottles can be turned into sand, just like recycled paper may be used to print journals and so on.

It's time to go beyond. More precisely, we have to consider recycling from another, more business-oriented perspective. 

Advanced recycling is the process that collects, prepares and applies apparently useless materials to support the removal of pollution and/or the creation of new energy, basically for free.

In other words, the advanced recycling process does not target just "waste", but more in general all supporting materials can be used to recycle other types of waste.

Let's see an example. If you are working in the pollution removal for big energy companies, you want to find a solution to be hired constantly over time. And you know that your competitors want the same.

So, what if you could remove more pollutants with the same effectiveness?

You can expand the domain of intervention of your business effortlessly. The advanced recycling ensures you the availability of tools you need for removing more pollutants by leveraging the power of useless resources you may find inside or outside the facility you are working on.

That's exactly the point. Depending on your final goal as a service provider, you'll need to identify and use the most appropriate resources.

In some cases, you're going to find them outside the facility. In other ones, you'll want to use what your client still owns but it doesn't use.

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Keeping on following the example above, here's the outcome:

  • more effectiveness in removing pollution (you can adapt to other pollutants)
  • less costs for your clients (you remove more pollutants by leveraging the power of useless, cost-free resources)
  • wiser disposal of many client's useless materials (because you're going to use them as resources to support your environmental service)

However, there is a "downside". You must select the best resources case by case, but in some occasions it may not be totally possible to collect them before starting the operations.

Advanced Recycling from the Inside

This is for sure the most attractive opportunity for you and your client as well. In fact, the so called "insider resources" provide the higher benefit once the work is over.

According to its proper definition, the "inside advanced recycling" is the process that collects useless materials, resources and waste from inside the target facility to support the remediation and/or the energy generation activity.

Before to start looking for materials to collect, it's important to fill the inventory of all local resources you may find inside the facility or the target area for your future intervention.

The inventory must cover ALL currently not used resources you can find, whatever the origin, the eventual previous application and the destination of use.

Please remember that organic waste, plastics, wood, metals, and even discharged pollutants must enter the inventory.

Once such database is filled up, you can move to the second step.

Now, it's time to cross data. Fill a three columns table to report the following data: 1) useless material available inside the target area, 2) pollutants to remove and/or resources that you'll transform into new energy, 3) additional pollutants you may remove with the application of "waste to waste for energy" strategy.

The following table gives you the picture of what your inventory looks like.​

Useless Materials Inside

Basic Pollutants to Remove

Other Pollutants To Remove

resource 1

pollutant A

pollutant B

pollutant D

resource 2

pollutant C

pollutant A

resource 3

pollutant A

pollutant C

pollutant F

pollutant D

resource 4

pollutant D

pollutant E

none

Note: this table is just an example, no specific pollutants names neither resources are made.

Once done, you can start your decision-making process. What matters most in this phase is the following aspect.

​You want to decide what additional pollutants to remove (or which kind of additional natural energy to produce) only after the assessment phase, because you must adapt your decision according to the availability of resources found inside (and appearing in your inventory).

This is so important simply because you can't be aware of what resources your clients own and store inside the facility before a careful assessment.

So, you must say nothing until you'll be sure of what you can do more for your client, at no additional costs.

A tip: always try to apply the "advanced recycling" to your activity. This means that if you can use some local, unused resources to perform your regular work, simply do it. By using a natural process to boost the removal of pollution and/or the creation of new energy, the application of local supporting materials will further save you costs and make your clients happier.

Advanced Recycling from the Outside

A less attractive opportunity (perhaps) although very similar and potentially more "handy" than its "inside" counterpart.

We are talking about the "outside advanced recycling". In short, you're going to find useless resources and materials outside your target area. So, you must collect them and bring them inside the facility.

You may find such resources close or far away from your working area. You can also find different but equally important tools for supporting your work, So, you'll decide ​what to use depending on your client's needs and your convenience.

According to its proper definition, the "outside advanced recycling" is the process that collects useless materials, resources and waste from outside (close or far away, it's your call) the target facility to support the remediation and/or the energy generation activity.

Let's see an example. You are working for energy generation from biomass and you know that 100 km away there is a natural resource able to increase by more than 50% the energy efficiency of your biogas​. So, would it be worth to include it into your service?

Another example: you are working as an environmental pollution remediation service provider, inside a power plant. You are removing 75% pollutants but you know that at a distance of about 10 km you'd find a few natural resources able to increase your pollution removal by further 10%. However, their amount is limited, then your "remediation boost" will end soon. Would it be worth to include such resources into your service?

As you can see, we simply can't answer these questions without any knowledge of the actual conditions. So, the decision-making process must consider all up & downs depending on the case.

The Advanced Recycling Inside & Outside

Whatever your sub-niche in the environmental services industry, the application of the "advanced recycling" adds value and helps further reducing your operational costs. First of all, remember that not only "natural" resources can be good for the purpose. Basically every material can be turned into a supporting tool for your work. Take care of the assessment phase and fill a comprehensive inventory of what resources already are available. Then use such resources to support your work and gain an immediate advantage over the competition. When you are sure about what resources are available (inside or outside the working area) communicate a detailed plan of action to your client. And decide how to proceed together. This adds a huge benefit to your mode of work. Why? Because you'll be TRUSTED, over and over again.

The main point is: start thinking about how useless, abandoned or spent resources can help your business providing better, longer and more sustainable solutions for your clients.

The advanced recycling (inside & outside) is an asset that every company working in the environmental services big niche should implement.

Resources and opportunities are very many already, even though a little number of entrepreneurs are looking for them.

First "action taking" companies can move their business to a whole new level.

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About the Author

Graziano Beolchi (Dr.G) is an environmental & public health doctor working for 10+ years in the research of natural solutions to waste disposal, pollution remediation & natural energy generation.