Theme 7 – Waste

Processing of wastes, recycling, efficient design, conversion to energy

In urban areas, efficient processing and reduction of waste will reduce the amount of
land needed for dump sites. One component of this is recycling, which reduces energy
and materials use while providing local employment. In rural areas, training in the use
and storage of farm chemicals can reduce groundwater contamination and protect the
health of farmers.
Another way to reduce waste is through re-design of equipment or re-structuring of
manufacturing processes, and business partners in an Eco-City can provide leadership
in these areas. Projects focused on the recycling of parts can include products used in
the home, office, or industrial plant.
Plasma technology may soon provide a reliable electricity supply through the very high
temperature conversion of waste to energy.