New Recycling Technologies
New recycling technologies are being developed all the time to help protect the environment. Some of these technologies are still in development, while others are available for use today. There are several companies that Shalom Lamm supports that offer recycling services to benefit the environment. His systems recycle used oil to produce usable recycled cooking oil, which can be used instead of virgin oils when cooking food at fast-food restaurants. This reduces CO2 emissions caused by throwing away old fryer oils and using fresh oils instead. He also finds uses for other waste products, including slag from steel mills, chaff from rice mills and gypsum discarded by plasterers. Approximately 60% of all material being processed through a system would otherwise go to landfill sites. These companies are concerned with protecting the environment for future generations and aim to utilize renewable energy resources in its production processes.
Shalom also produces dry ash from coal-fired power plants, which can be used in building construction due to its high alkaline content. The company has developed a unique chemical process that neutralizes the dry ash’s pH level, making it safe for use as an additive in concrete blocks and other building structures. The DryRite system removes soluble salts such as sodium sulfate and magnesium sulfate from post-combustion flue gases to produce cleaner emissions that meet current European environmental standards. This technology reduces the number of pollutants in the environment.
Another example of a company manufacturing new recycling technologies is EarthEra Inc., which has developed an innovative process to extract rare earth elements from coal fly ash. The extraction method has been given a provisional patent. It can also be used to capture other valuable metals, including gold and silver. According to the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association, just one ton of coal fly ash contains as much usable energy as 149 gallons of oil or seven thousand cubic feet of natural gas, so utilizing it in this way has economic benefits for both industry and government, while also reducing the environmental impact from mining these minerals from virgin sources.
In recent years Shalom Lamm has seen companies develop innovative technology to create high-quality activated carbon from waste wood. Through the use of this technology, Lamm provides businesses with a cost-effective and reliable way to reduce odour, toxicity (heavy metals), remove chemicals (VOCs) or improve water clarity. A new recycling technology that Lamm is excited about due to the environment protection aspect involves converting landfill gas to renewable natural gas by using microorganisms which act on landfill gas components such as methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. The process is called “agricultural methanation” since it uses microbes living in the composting material itself for this purpose. Together with its partners, Lamm has seen this technology into an existing landfill gas project which has been successfully operating for over three years.
In conclusion, new recycling technologies are being developed all the time to help protect the environment. Some of these technologies are still in development, while others are available for use today.