A WORLD WITHOUT WASTE

Transforming Waste Management To An Endless Loop Of Circularity

Purpose

Driven by purpose, we envision a world in which waste is treated as a valuable resource that can be converted to feedstock for virgin materials. We envision a world in which landfilling and incineration have been replaced with waste conversion processes that support circular economy sustainability. We envision a world where molecules derived from nature’s precious resources can be used and reused in an endless loop of circularity.

We believe that advanced waste conversion technologies, such as Plasma Assisted Gasification and Vitrification (PAG/V) [MK1] offer opportunities to solve hitherto intractable recycling challenges posed by modern multi-layered, multi-material products/packaging. The Consortium for Waste to Syngas [MK2] Circularity (CWSC) supports the pursuit of robust and flexible waste conversion solutions through education, research and outreach.

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About PAG/V Technology

Plasma Assisted Gasification and Vitrification (PAG/V) systems are an advanced form of gasification that use thermal plasma arc torches to achieve process temperatures in excess of 3,400 °F. At such temperatures, organic chemical bonds are broken, and inorganic materials are melted down. Carbon rich organics are primarily converted into synthesis gas (“syngas”), comprised mostly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Metals and inorganic oxides (i.e. glass) are melted down and recovered as ingots and glassy materials.  All products become feedstocks for subsequent value-added commercial applications.

Syngas is a highly versatile chemical feedstock. There is nothing that can be made from fossil fuels that can’t be made from syngas. Ideally, syngas will be converted into feedstock chemicals such as methanol, ethanol, dimethyl ether, acetic acid, etc. to be used for subsequent synthesis by the chemical industry.

Plastics produced from syngas are “virgin plastics” with the same quality and properties of plastics produced from fossil fuels. Waste-syngas-methanol-products/plastics offers a true pathway to the circular economy sustainability.

The Challenge

Our waste crisis is continuing to grow, and today’s technologies alone are not sufficiently robust to capture most materials found in waste. Corrugate/paper is the most recycled material and according to the EPA, 32% is sent to landfill. Plastic is the least recycled material with 91% going to landfill. Landfills serving large cities are quickly reaching capacity, releasing greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere and risking polluting soil and ground water from leachate.

We can solve our waste problem through effective public policies, research, development and industry collaboration that allows us to realize the full potential of PAG/V advance recycling technology.

Mission

The mission of the Consortium is to transform the recycling infrastructure through the advancement of economically sustainable waste to syngas technologies.

The Consortium will accomplish its mission through:

  • Support education of municipality leadership through land grant University outreach programs
  • Advocating for waste to syngas public policies 
  • Advocating for public policies that drive demand for post consumer resin content
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to further advanced recycling projects
  • Educational opportunities on the benefits of PAG/V for all supply chain stakeholders
  • Promote R&D for PAG/V and other technologies by providing funding to the University of Florida’s Advanced Recycling Initiative.

Founding Members

This disruptive transformation of infrastructure requires the collaboration from Brands, Producers, Plastics industry, Packaging Printers, Supply Chain partners to take responsibility and ban together to solve this daunting problem. Together we can make a difference.  

Industry leaders who have come together to drive this change include:

Our members are committed to share their expertise, fund and demonstrate projects and programs that will recover and create value from all waste.

Leadership

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President
Mike Ferrari

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Secretary
Janice Loppe

Treasurer
Jason Vande Loo

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

Guide waste to syngas R&D, share knowledge, articles &
white papers, conduct outreach

Dr. Bruce Welt
University of Florida

Dr. Calvin Lakhan
York university

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Support CWSC through advice on communications, network
connections & awareness of public policy

Ted S. Yoho, DVM
Former Member of Congress

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