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The way into a waste-free future
Production of raw materials from waste streams ("Waste Mining")
Ecocycling is the key
The mission behind EUGECOS is the complete recycling and economically effective use of waste by returning it to the materials cycle (Zero Waste concept). Or, to put it in simple terms: waste is far too valuable to just throw it away. After all, its original production involved human work, (in some case costly) raw materials and expensive energy which can be reused and marketed. In the interests of efficient, future-oriented and, above all, sustainable economic activity, real energy savings and to the benefit of the environment. And for everyone wishing to support and involve themselves in corresponding projects: EUGECOS offers the opportunity of an entrepreneurial entry into the zero-waste future with a highly attractive earnings outlook.
You can participate by becoming a member of EUGECOS SCE mbH and investing a minimum amount of EUR 50,000 (five shares of EUR 10,000 each). For details, please consult the Articles of Association or contact one of our agents to arrange an informational meeting.
And the risk?
Ecocycling is not simply a vision of the future nor a mere concept. Ecocycling works with a variety of technologies and processes, is proven and corresponding facilities are already in successful and profitable operation. This means that the advantages of recycling waste as against the way it is traditionally handled – frequently by means of landfilling or incineration – by means of what is known as “product mining” can already be profitably exploited today. And in view of the massive volumes of waste generated worldwide, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. That, with you and your assistance, is what we aim to increasingly do and shape and propagate an economically viable recovery of raw materials from waste streams (“waste mining”). Nevertheless, this is an entrepreneurial activity with all related risks, right through to a total loss in a – even if improbable – worst-case scenario.
From vision to reality
Valuable raw materials instead of waste!
Waste is material in a dead-end street, so to speak. Material which is simply left over at the edge of human activity if it is not converted. Some waste can be processed, recycled, conditioned, reintegrated. Others possibly do not “fit” into any natural, technical or economic cycle anymore, and can only be “disposed of”, in other words landfilled or incinerated – euphemistically referred to as “thermal recycling”. That, together with the waste generated in turn by the waste treatment plants, makes this waste and the associated processes a dangerous problem worldwide. The vision most people have is, therefore, not to generate waste but instead return each and every type of material to the cycle for reuse.
Ecocycling is the key to make this vision reality.
Ecocycling is first and foremost a technical process in which waste is reworked into an environmentally friendly material which either takes the form of raw material for applications or might also be a new type of raw material. This process is given and deserves priority in all the new concepts with which we have involved ourselves with towards returning all materials to the materials cycle (Zero Waste concept).
In the form of ecocycling a completely safe and efficient process is now available which neutralizes waste in enormous volumes and can put valuable raw materials back into the product and economic cycle. Generating valuable raw materials from waste, in other words combining ecological benefits with economic dynamism – this is the exciting and sustainable concept behind ecocycling.
The source material and the ecocycling process
Mixed waste, in some cases even hazardous waste, of different origin and composition can be used as source material. Household waste, commercial waste, even industrial waste and ashes, contaminated soil, as well as waste containing heavy metals, industrial, harbour and sewage sludge or other waste materials come into consideration. Indeed, waste which has already been landfilled can under certain circumstances be recycled. However, explosive substances, radioactive or highly infectious materials are not used in the process at the present time.
What makes ecocycling so vital?
In 2005 over 1.9 billion metric tons of waste were produced in the European Community alone. The materials commonly referred to as waste are defined as those which are "difficult to dispose of and require particular monitoring since it poses a considerable risk to people and the environment".
Even if the volume of accumulating waste is stagnating in some European countries and the proportion of recycled waste is rising: there is no doubt that the waste situation is easing or even that an economically plausible solution exists. The proportion of problematic waste is growing. And at the same time its toxicity. These ticking time bombs are endangering us, our children and further generations to come.
There have been no fundamental ways out of the situation in sight up to now. Leaving all ecological lyricism aside, it is abundantly clear that classic "disposal" with all its immense outlay achieves merely modest results. Incineration reduces the quantity and the volume of waste to be subsequently landfilled but leaves a whole lot of far more problematic waste materials enriched with toxic substances behind (e.g. plasters containing sulphur, toxic filter dust, problematic discharges,...). Even some of the methods used for recycling are merely an apparent solution because in each recycling run the pollutants in the remaining materials actually accumulate, become concentrated and have to be landfilled in a much more toxic state.
And the disposal processes used up to the present are expensive into the bargain. Incinerating a metric ton of waste costs an average of between EUR 100.- and 200.- in Europe, and certain types of waste can even very quickly incur charges of EUR 1,000.- and more per metric ton. And that doesn't even include hidden costs (for example for additional safety systems) in the calculation. The economic consequences are occasionally grotesque: where packaging plastics are concerned, 75 percent of the price as it stands today is already accounted for by disposal costs, with the remaining 25 percent made up of other costs. Raw material costs virtually play no role whatsoever anymore.
This sort of situation is not only undesirable from ecological and societal standpoints – it is also a disaster in economic terms.
A revolutionary new material concept puts an end to the waste dilemma
Ecocycling is breaking new ground and unites environmental and earnings targets. Besides sustainable and environmentally compatible waste from energy production, waste with virtually any form of composition is neutralized and at the same time converted into a valuable raw material in the ecocycling process. The ultimate product is in all cases an environmentally friendly material or raw material. Even heavy metals are embedded in the crystal structure of the resulting structures and thus immobilized and rendered harmless. The impulse energy needed in the process is generated by the respective additives and the waste itself. New mineral substances come into being in the course of the process, and these bind environmentally hazardous substances to them and render them harmless. The production is controlled by state-of-the-art sensors for the purposes of monitoring this process; these sensors enable the practically instant recording of the relevant data from the process. Besides this, an independent, manual quality control is performed in order to ensure the consistent quality of the materials being produced.
The plant equipment used is robust and available at short notice throughout the world. It is largely based on classical plant technology and has been adapted to meet the respective process-specific requirements. Besides material input stations and corresponding conveyor systems, the mechanical heart of the system is comprised of several cross-flow cutting machines, mixers and homogenization systems which can crush, homogenize and reduce the solids to the requisite size. The sieving of various types of what is known as oversize enables a consistent quality of production. The plant equipment is planned, built and installed by an experienced technology partner. The concerned company has been involved with this technology, its development and perfecting for decades now, and controls the associated patents as well. The plant’s operator is a firm originally involved in waste disposal and based in Northern Germany, and can already look back on almost 20 years of experience in the operation of this type of machinery, especially with that of the technology partner which has now been in use for a number of years in various locations.
The fact is: “Deposited waste is going to remain waste for a very, very long time”. With its “Zero Waste” technology, Ecocycling prevents waste from coming into being at all, and instead creates energy and raw materials for the future.
This is already being done, so we’re not merely talking about ideas or concepts. What we are offering is the implementation and operation of ecocycling plants with German technology and projects throughout and beyond Europe.