Environmental Energy Resources, Ltd. (EER) is using Israeli-developed technology to set up Romania’s first plasma waste treatment facility. The system was developed by scientists at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the claim is that it can handle radioactive and medical waste as well as the more conventional kinds. Cost of the project: $30 million.
Moshe Stern, Present of EER said, “The company expects to treat some 30,000 tons of waste, and no less than 80 tons a day for about 150 euros per ton.”
How it works: Unsorted municipal and solid waste are placed in a reactor, where magnets separate the metal particles. The remaining waste is sent to containers where it is broken down by high heat–ranging from 1,400 to 7,000 degrees Celsius. That’s hot. (I couldn’t resist, sorry.)
It all sounds rather scary, but that’s probably because we don’t have degrees from the Technion. Still, we’d be interested to hear more about how this particular procedure is eco-friendly.