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This Firm From Israel Is Finding A Way For Landfill Waste To Actually Be Useful

By Aimee Lutkin

Reducing waste in landfills has become a priority amongst environmental and sustainability researchers; companies are pushing for innovations in their production lines that promote recycling, and there have been pushes to promote composting as a means of reducing runoff and organic matter in the waste system. Now, and Israeli company is suggesting we deal with waste by turning it into something useful.

UBQ is an Israeli company that has just patented a process that they say turns regular landfill waste into usable plastic, reports The Daily Herald. The process has supposedly been under development for about five years, but UBQ stills needs to prove that it not only works, but could be viable on a large scale. They're opening a pilot program now in Israel's Negev Desert.

Albert Douer, UBQ's executive chairman, says the material has a number of potential uses. It could be used as a substitute for conventional plastics produced with petroleum, and even wood, which would not only clear space in landfills but reduce the consumption of oil and the harmful effects of deforestation.

"We take something that is not only not useful, but that creates a lot of damage to our planet, and we're able to turn it into the things we use every day," said Douer. Douer also works for Ajover Darnel Group, an international plastics conglomerate, and has some investment in the success of UBQ's experiments. He has invested money into the pilot program, along with a number of other private investors, giving them $30 million to work on the project.