Accelerated Composting Could Cure Our Waste Problem
The Muncher rapid organic waste composter, by Ecologico-Logic.
One of the most wasteful modern practices is the treatment of waste itself. Many municipalities within the developed world mix sanitary waste with rainwater runoff that collects in storm sewers, generating a massive amount of effluent that must be filtered and treated in a centralized fashion. A more practical strategy would be to treat sanitary waste closer to its source, in a distributed fashion, without mixing it with stormwater and snow melt.
A Nevada based company called Ecologico-Logic may have the solution to this need. Its “Muncher” is a prototype system that accelerates the process of composting, which can take up to a year with standard approaches. The Muncher utilizes aerobic microbes and a specially formulated chemical treatment to convert organic waste into usable soil in under an hour. Moreover, the company claims that the system releases no harmful gases or chemical compounds, and eliminates toxins during the composting process.
Ecologico-Logic plans to offer industrial-scale Munchers capable of processing 50 tons of sanitary waste per day, in addition to smaller systems that could be used by small businesses or individual homes. Given the benefits of this kind of system—not to mention its elimination of garbage collection and landfill tipping fees—it seems likely that future buildings will incorporate this kind of technology as a standard design practice.