This past few months, The streets of Manila Philippines has been inundated and a content in the news. Regular player are tons and tons of garbage in the shore and floating in the water world like streets of Metro Manila. Questions are everywhere on how to atleast reduce waste to avoid flooded streets. Renewable engineering solution is the answer.
This is called “the Garbage Granulator”, developed by a Filipino engineer Bong Archeta. Taal, Batangas is one of the municipalities benefiting the granulator. The grinder does not cost a lot in terms of space for production, although, Compared to big cities, Taal will pale to comparison and will need a much larger scale for the metropolis. So what? If we can reduce hectares and hectares of dump sites. I think that would be reasonable enough.
The granulator has the capability to segregate non-degradable and degradable materials. Degradable wastes are shredded and ground to decrease the composting process. They can use these for organic fertilizers.Non-degradable materials however will be filtered first to extract rocks, soil, and liquids before being shredded and grounded. These grounded wastes are then mixed to cement and compressed to a cube to make a sturdy fire resistant bricks. These bricks are sold half price gravel-cement bricks and have the same quality.
Archeta also stated that among his consideration is the operation cost reductions so he runs the granulator using diesel and manpower operation is unbelievably at low cost. Archeta cites that to consistently run the operation, they only need to collect 300 pesos per year for 1,000+ families. This will include already the maintenance and manpower salary.
This technology is already patented and approved by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Filipino Inventors’ Society, for Filipino solution for Filipino problem in modern day. There is definitely a future in our wastes.
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