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Smart Waste Technology: One Man’s Trash, Another’s Treasure

 by General Kinematics,

MSWFor most of us, it’s hard to imagine what’s going on at a landfill: Diesel trucks tote trash palaces, bulldozers spread rubbish in and around open pits, and a compaction material—such as chipped wood or biosolids—is sprinkled over the surface at night.

Dumpster Diving

Furthermore, in countries all over the world people garbage pick (that’s one cultural universal that’s surely un-spoken of!) In the U.S., this activity could otherwise be known as dumpster diving in waste locations where throwaways haven’t reached landfills. The same foraging process is dubbed skipping in Great Britain. At the bottom of it all, one thing is signified: What’s being thrown away can often be reused or recycled.

Triple the Trash

As the world’s population grows, it’s no surprise that waste piles are on the rise, too.

At this rate, it’s estimated that the urban population will produce triple the amount of trash that accumulates today in less than a century from now, according to an expanded World Bank report released by urban development specialist Dan Hoornweg, Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Chris Kennedy. Ergo, creating improved methods for municipal solid waste (MSW) management is essential for the earth—unquestionably, on a global scale. What’s lesser known, is that investing in MSW optimization is also an economic opportunity.

Triple the Revenue

With necessity comes demand: Innovative solutions and smart technologies are needed to efficiently sort through the rubbish. Navigant Research, a market research and consulting team that analyzes global clean technology markets, released a 2014 report projecting that the annual smart MSW technology revenue will nearly triple by 2023, expanding from $2.3 billion to $6.5 billion. (What one considers as trash really can be another’s treasure.)

These growing technologies assist MSW collection and organization, generating renewable energy from waste, and utilizing landfill environments to the highest potential.

Recycling Equipment

Within the MSW spectrum, General Kinematics designs and manufactures recycling equipment to help reclaim materials and recover renewable resources throughout the trash pyramid. These systems separate materials by size, density and shape. This MSW machinery increases overall sorting efficiency while also lessening the demand of energy and labor. From multi-stream recycling systems to forestry and wood handling equipment and scrap processors General Kinematics creates an entire queue of recycling solutions.

Take a look at what we supply: Join us in an effort to turn the globe’s rubbish to gold.


General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory equipment for the foundry, recycling, mining, and processing industries. Today the company continues as one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment and has evolved into an industry-leading EPC firm. Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics has seven global locations providing engineering and support to a world-wide customer base. GK is a third generation, family-owned company and is ISO 9001 certified.