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WasteAnother vital utility is waste management. Waste re-utilizationi is a key component when it comes to issues of sustainability. However, more traditional recycling methods often create more pollution and more cost to the consumer than creating the products and materials from the raw resources to begin with. In short, with the exception of aluminum, (some) glass and a few, select products made directly from the waste, it rarely works out as well as some “experts” would have you believe. Still, there are a great many viable uses for both solid waste and waste water.

The reutilization of municipal waste as part of a waste to energy program is one viable solution. Solid waste can often be burned as a means to generate power, to create building materials and even to help in reconstituting the soil in some instances. In one particular method being proposed both the Isolated Community Service Centers and in the Integrated and Adaptive Community Developments, the solid waste is “treated” using a heating process to produce electricity and the carbon residual is infused with excess CO2 allowing for the creation of a material known as biochar that is ideally suited for land reclamation in locations wherein the soil is not currently suitable for agricultural or livestock production. The truly interesting part is the ability through the heating process, to compost or process the waste without the need for any actual incineration. No incineration in the process has allowed for this technology to process virtually all non-regulated waste without any exhaust whatsoever … no CO2 being released, no carbon particulate matter, no carbon monoxide and no other pollutants whatsoever.

There is in fact, a net loss of methane or natural gas production from this technology, due to the fact that the methane is used to heat the waste and process it at the same time, without the incineration. However, this net loss can easily be made up through the processing of the natural solid waste of the livestock and other organic or biotic materials within the community development. Furthermore, additional by-products of this waste to energy process include biocharii, biodiesel, and water which, with a little bit of filtration and further distillation, is fully potable. This particular process is even already licensed and registered to provide the user with Carbon Credits, which, while they may be somewhat questionable in origin or actual worth, can still be traded and assist in the future funding of growth and expansion.

Wastewater is used in some cases as a base material for growing different types of algae that serve a multitude of purposes. Some of the algae grown in such an environment is used as a food and natural vitamin supplement. Some of the algae that is produced is exceptionally high in oil-based content which allows for the extracted oils to be used as an algae based fuel source for many different applications. In some agricultural uses, the wastewater from fish is returned through a drip system directly into the plant life, which in turn, cleanses the water naturally and drips the naturally filtered water back into the fish ponds to aerate them and keep them clean. Similar uses are currently being researched which will allow what is effectively the same process on a larger scale for the re-utilization of untreated or partially treated wastewater from human consumption and wastewater runoff from within the community developments. All of these programs will be subsidized through the proceeds from the corporate interests within the community developments to keep costs at a minimum but the benefits of these utilities are not by any means the only ones.

It should be noted that all of these programs will be subsidized through corporate proceeds and the utilization of proceeds from the Private Placement Program Trade Platforms and not funded by the taxpayers or solely by the productive and contributing members of the society through taxes.

i Waste Management should ultimately be a systemic process to reduce the amount of waste production from human consumption while at the same time, maximizing the return from that waste through re-utilization and other waste management programs. Waste can be utilized for the production of methane or natural gas as a viable fuel source, for the creation of more organic and natural fertilizers and emulsifiers and other benefits for the agricultural and environmental communities, in addition to being a viable source for recyclable and recycled goods and materials.

ii Biochar is an amazing agricultural and construction material and resource all its own. Highly carbonated, it can be used directly as fertilizer, in the creation of highly enriched soil, as a building material or as a component of more complex building materials and a virtually endless stream of meaningful and beneficial, environmentally sustainable uses.

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