Infimer’s Holistic Solution To Recycling Municipal Waste

The Israeli company has developed a patented process to remove minerals from household waste and turn remaining polymers and cellulose into new thermoplastic material.

As reported in Israel21C:

The proprietary technology transforms unsorted municipal solid waste into an inexpensive raw material for the plastic industry that can be used to manufacture anything from toolboxes to lawn furniture to plumbing pipes.

Infimer Technologies, founded in 2013, developed a patented process to remove the minerals from household waste and turn the remaining polymers and cellulose material into a new thermoplastic material.

“Instead of cutting trees or creating bioplastics we create our materials from waste,” says Tamir, Head of Infimer. “We are the only one in the world with this holistic solution for domestic waste.”

According to Oren Zahavi, Infimer’s VP for business development, traditional recycling technologies focus on sorting and separating different materials in the waste stream so that they can be as close as possible in their properties to the original material.

“This requirement does not allow for recycling of household mixed waste. In contrast, Infimer is a unique technology that creates a completely new thermoplastic material from many different materials in municipal waste and does not require separating them into different waste streams,” Zahavi tells ISRAEL21c.

“Our production lines are scalable, with our planned standard line producing two tons per hour,” Tamir relates. “We could establish an Infimer factory near any plastics manufacturer to produce our material from any domestic waste.”

Infimer has about 15 employees and raised $2.4 million in March 2015 through a merger with EZ Energy, a Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange-listed company. The merged entity is traded on TASE as INFR. In 2016, Infimer also received funding from the Israel Innovation Authority.

The United Nations Environment Program estimates that only a quarter of the billion tons of municipal waste produced globally each year is recycled or recovered. In Australia, over 40 percent of household waste is sent to landfill.

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