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Provo — Inviroment has developed a new patent-pending compound called PlasTek that solves landfill space capacity problems by decomposing plastics in 12 to 36 months once sprayed onto garbage in a landfill — a process that would normally take thousands of years to occur. By means of methane gas capture, PlasTek can also help produce enough green energy to power as many as 4,000 more homes per landfill each year.
According to the EPA, more than 91 percent of plastics in the USA end up in landfills despite best recycling efforts. Plastics occupy 20 to 24 percent of landfill volume and take millennia to decompose on their own.
Inviroment estimates PlasTek will produce enough space savings and green energy to generate more than a 136 percent retrun on investment for landfills. PlasTek is a nontoxic product that works by accelerating the decomposition of all plastics in landfills so they can later be digested by the naturally occurring bacteria, which produce methane as a by-product. Inviroment will sell PlasTek to the nearly 600 landfills that already have methane-to-energy collection systems in place.
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded Inviroment with a $100,000 grant for the development of PlasTek.