Plastic…Part 4…Plasma Waste Converters

Last week I looked at our choices and responsibilities and how we could do more in our homes to prevent less harmful chemicals and microbeads being swept into our waste systems and waterways… Castille and how we can use it to clean not just our homes but our bodies our hair even our pets it has numerous uses, soap making is just one of them…

home made soaps

Photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell on Visualhunt /CC BY-NC-ND

Leonie from Keep Your Chin Up blog has made her own which I think is great I also think it is another post as soap making is a lot like many things…My efforts at sourdough bread took a while before I got a near perfect loaf and I am guessing making soap is one of those things. Leonie said…Hello Carol, my soap turned out ok, the texture and lather were fine. It didn’t smell as fresh after it had cured as the ones I bought, and I used the recipe provided on the website I bought the soap from. I think it might need more time to saponify until I cut it.

Saponify definition is – to convert (something, such as fat) into soap; specifically: To hydrolyse (a fat) with alkali to form soap and glycerol.


Back to plastic…We have for a while or I have kicked around some ideas about what we can do in our homes and what is being done by governments to help this plastic crisis when I read a blog post about Plasma Waste Converters...Which triggered a memory as my son worked in waste prior to moving here and I remember a discussion with him about how certain waste products create electricity…His role was to go into companies and advise them on how best to dispose of their waste including nuclear waste…

plasma chamber

The article fascinated me and of course, I had to do some research on the subject…I discovered that Asia is absolutely leading the way in this technology. Japan to be precise have three plants funded by Hitachi.

One facility is particularly worth noting. This is a 200 Ton per day unit that
has been operating at Hitachi Metals in Utashinai, Japan for the past three
years. This facility treats MSW( Municipal Solid Waste) and waste from an automobile shredding plant.

Why are they not being used around the world if they are so good and efficient?

It is still a relatively new technology. The cost of building and operating one is still much higher than that of some of its competitors including landfills and incinerators. There has not yet been standardisation of the design and thus the huge and complex machinery must be custom-built every time. The energy needed to power PWCs is also very high, especially compared to incineration, which requires only a match.

It must be said, however, that although it takes a lot of energy to run a PWC, you will very quickly make all that energy back and more. PWCs are extremely efficient long-term; unfortunately, short-term profits dictate much of what happens in society.

Out of the 100 of these plants in the world, only the three in Japan are processing MSW…

There is also a town in Japan which has no waste…It does seem as if much effort is being put into preserving the world for future generations by the Japanese …Maybe the rest of the world should take note…

It seems to me that by having strict laws and proper waste recycling plants that they are tackling the problem …The onus should also be on manufacturers to be aware and actively ensuring that all packaging they produce can be disposed of and decompose within a reasonable timeframe and I am not talking years…It is a national problem and people and manufacturers should be asked to play their role.

The cost of Plasma Waste Converters should be also borne not only by consumers but by companies like Hitachi and I am sure Hitachi see the long-term gain or they wouldn’t be funding such a huge project.

Please pop over to Adams blog as it is well worth a read he also has produced an excellent article on Plastic pollution in the ocean which is excellent and he can put it so much better than I can…

Thank you so much for reading this and please as always let me have your thoughts as I love your comments…Have a great week xxx

Not forgetting that the Voting has started for the Bloggers Bash Awards and all the nominees are worthy winners if you have a favourite blog Including mine…I have been nominated for the Best Food Blog then we would all love your votes if we are your favourite …So please vote…Good Luck everyone you are winners xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great week xx

5 thoughts on “Plastic…Part 4…Plasma Waste Converters

  1. Leoniechinup

    Hi Carol, thanks for including a link to my blog and describing my attempts at soup making. I will have another go at making some more this weekend and will post my results. Here in Australia we have problems with our plastic waste. We used to send it to China for processing however this is no longer the case. Unfortunately, now we are stuck with mountains of recyclable plastics as we don’t have the facilities here to process it.
    In our household we have cut our waste down to a couple of bags a week, by buying unpackaged food where possible and compositing our vegetable scraps. If people stopped buying their drinks in bottles and drank only tap water (or filtered) a lot of plastic would disappear overnight.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Leonie..No problem I like to link back as it shows interaction on the posts …If you would like to do a guest post on soap making that would be great..Let me know..Yes many Asian countries are now stopping taking waste from other countries which I think is good each country should be responsible for their own waste…But it a shame when countries are not actively providing the resources to process waste..Consumers have to take some responsibily but so do governments and manufacturers and as a consumer we can vote with our pennies and not buy certain brands if they don’t comply and also as regards to voting if the candidate is not actively promoting facilities to dispose of waste or backing zero waste packaging then you can be a climate voter…I think many systems around the world need a massive shakeup…But well done for playing your part, Leonie 🙂 xx

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