How does Vecor help solve one of the planet’s most significant industrial solid waste management issues?

How does Vecor help solve one of the planet’s most significant industrial solid waste management issues?

Relatively few people may have heard of fly ash but that doesn’t stop it presenting one of the world’s biggest solid waste problems. So, what exactly is it and why should you care?
 
In essence, it is a very fine, by-product of thermal (coal-fired) power stations. Experts estimate that around a billion tonnes of fly ash are created every year. To put this in perspective, ‘only’ 300 million tonnes of plastics are produced each year.
 
While some fly ash is utilised in high-volume low-value applications, such as a substitute for Portland cement, a large proportion still ends up in landfill. That’s hundreds of millions of tonnes of fly ash landfilled every year, adding to the planet’s already overstretched waste disposal sites.
 
Apart from the sheer quantity of fly ash that is sent to landfill, the millions of tonnes of it going to waste poses its own problems. It’s costly to dispose of, expensive to transport, and if stored incorrectly it can have disastrous and lasting environmental consequences such as leaching toxic substances into the soil.
 
Vecor recognised the scale of the problem and the importance of finding a market-viable solution. Surely there had to be a practical market-driven way to reduce the amount of fly ash that went to landfill? We set out to cultivate a scenario where it is more financially feasible to utilise fly ash than to dispose of it in landfills. Our flagship solution is Systema Leonardo™.
 
Systema Leonardo™ avoids the need for thermal power stations to landfill large quantities of fly ash waste. Instead, Vecor’s technology offers a way to positively utilise unwanted fly ash, turning it into top-grade, environmentally friendly building materials such as porcelain-like ceramic floor and wall coverings.
 
Not only do our products safely utilise fly ash, but they present cost savings when compared with conventional ceramic manufacturing processes. Our products are created with substantially reduced quantities of water, raw materials and energy. As a result, tiles made with Systema Leonardo™ have a significantly reduced environmental impact and will lead to a far greener future than tiles produced from conventional methods.