Trash that cannot be recycled always ends up in a pile. Then, it decomposes very slowly until it finally turns to soil. Under natural circumstances, however, this takes far too long. The range of biodegradation is 4 weeks for a cardboard box to 5,000 years for Styrofoam.
The amount of trash produced by one person, in a day, may not seem significant, but it is when multiplied by a population of 7 billion. It does not take anyone special to realize that even with the natural process of decay; this has, and will, create a huge stockpile of garbage. This outpacing is why landfills exist.
Fortunately, something can be done. And it can be done now. There is a machine – a Plasma Converter that can eat landfills and turn them into what a thriving industrial nations needs the most, and that is oil. Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy, and promises to make a relic of the landfill. Garbage put into this machine is obliterated into its molecular parts by superheated electric plasma. Once in the plasma chamber, the molecular parts mix with air and carbon dioxide to become oil and glass for road asphalt.
A Plasma Converter is already in operation in Long Island, New York. Upstart is expensive, but the machine will pay for itself, with its own byproducts, in about 10 years. After that, the machine will generate pure profit and provide obvious economic multipliers. The best part about it is that the more garbage it eats, the more oil it makes, the better our roads become, and the smaller our landfills become. Who knows, one day, it may even eat The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Revolutionary machines of such type come around rarely, and this one in particular, offers a way to clean up our landfills and turn garbage into a somewhat “renewable resource.”
If we were given the opportunity to turn our accumulating 7 billion-population trash pile into a usable resource, would you take it? What are some of the known downfalls or cons of using plasma conversion?