India is a beautiful country intertwined with various influences and riches. Unfortunately, it is also quite polluted. It is heartbreaking to see stunning beaches and mighty wildness full of plastic bottles and other wastes.
But India is also a country of many secrets, mysteries, and surprises – including the unexpected one when comes to preserving nature.
There is a school in Guwahati, a capital city of Assam, where schoolboys and schoolgirls must pay their scholarships with – plastic waste!
Akshar School, that’s the name of it, takes plastic bags, bottles and other kinds of waste as the only means of payment. No, you can’t pay your tuition with the money. The only “payment” is collected plastic waste. Pretty powerful, isn’t it?
It is a very unusual look when you see kids entering the main school door. Yes, they have their backpacks with books and stuff, but they also carry bags with dumped plastic products.
The agreed fee is ten to twenty plastic items per week. Besides, schoolboys and schoolgirls bind themselves not to burn plastic.
The founder of the school is Parmita Sarma, previously helping disadvantaged families in the US, together with Mazin Mukhtar. Mrs. Sarma still remembers her teenage years and the fact that discarded plastic was usually burnt. “The smell was unbearable,” she said. It was also bad for their health because the classrooms were filled with poisonous gas and smoke. “But I understand why people did it; it was a common way of heating.”
The school, founded in 2016, was actually established as a charity foundation, so they don’t need any money from the kids. Even selling ten or twenty pieces of plastic from a few dozens of students won´t make a school a lot of money… if any at all. But this gesture does strengthen the children’s character and implants some important core values.
Mazin revealed that the biggest challenge when started was not convincing the villagers to encourage their children to collect plastic waste. It was convincing them to send kids to school!
One of the goals of the school is also to help the community understand the devastating consequences of burning plastic. They teach the community how plastics can be recycled, how to make some construction materials out of plastic waste, and the like.
If kids won’t clean up your neighborhood, “Project Phoenix8” and Roberto Hroval might help
This is really a nice gesture but, unfortunately, not a common one. More and more garbage is being dumped into the sea and into nature. The other sad fact is that recycling and other waste processes just don’t keep up with the situations. According to official statistics from the web portal “Our World in Data”, only 20% of discarded plastic is recycled. The majority of it is either burned, buried, or simply dumped.
So we are still far, far away from taking care of our waste. Or, more precisely, as long as we produce more garbage that we take care of, the situation will be getting worse and worse.
It is very clear that we need a more radical solution. Well, the solution is might not so far away…
One of the most promising attempts lately comes from UK company PP8 Corporation Ltd. Their mother company, PatentReal, Hong Kong, developed a special waste-to-energy technology, called Product Reincarnation Technology™.
It is not a new idea, obviously. But very new – and quite impressive – is what this technology can do! Product Reincarnation Technology™ transforms scrap plastic and some other waste into fuel, electricity, or even into brand-new, original products.
The process is more than 85% energetically efficient, self-sufficient, and totally green. No emissions whatsoever. The factory doesn’t even have a chimney!
But here is an even more remarkable fact. The process monetizes more than 98% of waste. The rest “percent and so” are some salts, water and very little of other non-dangerous components that the factory uses in the labs for their own research. No waste dumping here.
The company is planning to start building the first official plant somewhere in Europe. It should happen later this year, according to the founder of the project, Roberto Hroval. (If this name rings the bell, you are not mistaken. We covered some of his stories here, here and here some time ago.) The name of the factory will be Project Phoenix8 (hence the name of the UK company PP8).
“We successfully passed the alpha and beta stages of technology development. We are ready to patent three basic parts of the plant. That way, we will be the first and only company in the world to offer Product Reincarnation Technology™,” announced Roberto Hroval who is also a chairman of PatentReal Corporation and PP8 Corporation.
“Our mother company, PatentReal Corporation, deals with a lot of edge science projects. Luckily, I have some great teams who work on them. But Project Phoenix8 will be supervised by myself personally. It is a way too big and way too important project to leave it to chance. I will outsource every other project, if needed, to have enough time and resources for building and expanding Project Phoenix8,” confesses Roberto Hroval.
The rumors said the Project Phoenix8 is multi-billion giant than the leading waste-to-energy technology provider.
“Yes, Project Phoenix8 is quite huge. I don´t want to talk about numbers, but I can tell you that is very lucrative. Have in mind that we get input material in the form of useless garbage almost for free. Or, sometimes we even get paid to collect it. The production process is fairly cheap due to low temperatures. The end products that come out from the first stage – the main two are fuel and carbon black – are very clean and need no additional processing. Of course, if we decided to produce electricity instead of fuel, it is ready for distribution as well. And we sell these high-added-value products for top dollar. So it is easy calculation: getting material very cheaply and producing great products, that we have buyers for already, by the way – it is quite profitable,” expressed Hroval.
One of the other advantages of the project is known facts. The technology has already been verified by the world´s leading testing and inspecting agency, Bureau Veritas. The company also has agreed on getting input material and for selling produced goods as well. “All the guessing is taken out of the equation,” is confident Hroval, “we were dealing with these kinds of questions many years ago. We were developing and improving technology for eight years until we were completely satisfied with it. The market interest for our technology confirmed that the timing is on the spot. The world is ready for our waste-to-energy solution. We are very excited and totally ready to build the first one and then to expand globally.”