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Device Creates Energy, Fuel, and Usable Compost from Trash


If you’ve ever seen the movie Idiocracy, you may have a vague fear of giant landfills toppling over and spilling into the streets. Fortunately, that fear may never become a reality now that the Powermaster ReCyclone is available.

The ReCyclone works by grinding trash into small pieces, thereby reducing landfill space up to 97 percent.

Trash compacted by the ReCyclone can be used to create energy or compost material—organic waste becomes diesel fuel, and plastic becomes oil. The machine can grind up any piece of waste ranging from 20 microns to 12 inches.

For some perspective, the ReCyclone can get more gold out of electronic devices than from a gold mine (one metric ton of circuit boards contains between 80 and 1,500 grams of gold, which is 40 to 800 times the concentration of gold available in gold ore mined in the United States) and 1 kilogram of plastic recycled in the machine can yield 95 percent of 1 liter of diesel.

Essentially, the machine gives any piece of trash the chance for a second life as a renewable resource.

Possible uses for the technology are seemingly endless. Not only can the ReCyclone create space in already overcrowded landfills, but it can also reduce industrial waste from factories and help out in disaster relief efforts by reducing debris.

To see the ReCyclone in all its glory, check out this YouTube video.

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