A Quick Introduction
What Is Trashpresso?
The TRASHPRESSO is a solid waste recycling line. The assembled unit is made up of a 40-foot container housing the processing line and a 20-foot solar cell unit, separately. Both units are land, sea and air transportation ready.
The TRASHPRESSO compacts the recycling process into three simple steps: size reduction, purification, reshaping. Additionally, we safeguard for environmental discharge from the process line operations with air and water filtration.
This recycling process line at present transforms plastic trash into a robust low-cost housing product. There are currently two such Trashpresso in activity around the world
From Trash To Tiles
A Recycling Idea
The TRASHPRESSO can upcycle up to 50Kg of waste per hour! Waste is converted into architectural tiles that have both a utilitarian and raw material value.
These tiles are versatile and resistant, allowing for a wide variety of applications. They can be used decoratively as interior or exterior decoration finishes or serve as flooring and supplement insulation.
Waste compressed into tile format is less costly to transport, facilitating industrial scale up. For example while at a recycling plant, the tiles can be up-cycled through cycles such as yarning, injection, or extrusion.
The TRASHPRESSO can upcycle polymers into thermoplastic that have a melting point lower than its burning point.
Tiles Already Developed
The Asiatic Recycler x Jackie Chan
Illustration of the recycling line of the TRASHPRESSO 1:
The European Recycler
Illustration of the recycling line of the TRASHPRESSO 2, the line is subdivided into 2 independent 20-foot decks for more portability:
A Renewable Power
All TRASHPRESSOs share the same solar power system as it’s energy source. Both containers (the recycling process line and the energy storage unit) solar panels are activated by the radiation of the sun. They turn that energy into electricity and, send it to storage and monitoring.
Electric actuators operate the solar panels inclination, maximizing their efficiency. They are situated on the roof of the TRASHPRESSO, as wings. A hydraulic pump rises up the pressure into hydraulic actuators to lift the roof for a perfect deployment of the solar panels, as wings. These systems are, as well, fed by the electricity stored into the batteries.
To mitigate the risk of relying solely on solar energy the TRASHPRESSO is also equipped with a backup diesel generator.
The Diesel generator has been partially used for Trashpresso 1’s Tibetan Mission due to the continuous snowing condition.
The TRASHPRESSO requires 40.5 kW during a cycle of 6 hours to operate all of its machines and filters. The energy provided by a solar powered battery that can store up to 80 KW per charge.
In case of bad weather, 2 recycling cycles (12 h) can be operated with the stored energy before the system runs out of energy. The time to store that energy depends on the location and on the weather.
52 Working Days
Solar Panels 69%
City Grid 23%
How Much is 40.5 kW Of Power ?
Tend To Zero Footprint
The TRASHPRESSO recycling processes use 100 L of water. No water is lost in the process as it is looped back through three steps of filtration: quartz sand filter, ultra-filtration, and reverse osmosis.
An Appendix Of Recycling Data
Plastic trash comes from disposable items with a single use. A same item as the bottle cap can be made from different plastics. For recycling, plastic marking is very important. Not all the disposable items are very well recycled. The TRASHPRESSO can recycle all of them once they are correctly sorted. The numbers represent the amount of one trash type to be trasnformed into one Hexa Tile.
~ 2550 Tiles made