UBQ has developed a robust technology that would turn conventional waste processing and disposal upside down. In contrast to systems that seek to separate out the waste streams into almost infinite material and sub-material category levels, our technology produces a singular homogeneous material out of all of the mixed input waste stream.
Using advanced material science, our scientist, engineers, and material specialists have developed the innovative UBQ Conversion Reactor System which enables us to take the vastly heterogeneous unsorted Municipal Solid Waste (MSW or Domestic Waste) and convert it into our homogeneous UBQ Material, a world-wide patented composite material that can be used as a raw material in the manufacturing of sustainable products.
Herein below, you will be able to learn more about our environmentally friendly process and sustainable alternative materials.
UBQ advanced waste conversion patented technology is strategically positioned towards the end of the waste hierarchy. By doing so, we ensure that all recyclable materials are, in fact, recycled appropriately to maintain their inherent resource value. UBQ then diverts the substantially unsorted and mixed residual waste from landfills and converts it into UBQ™. This includes residual waste from material recyclers who typically discard up to 30% of the material feedstocks they receive from Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs).
In short, UBQ converts all the waste nobody wants into a new raw material in a sustainable and efficient manner.
People typically see waste as a dirty mix of materials. But just before it was waste, it was in your house, in your fridge, on your table and one your plate. This includes all the food scraps from dinner, the paper, the plastics, and cardboard - the packaging of your groceries.
At UBQ we don’t see the banana peel or the apple, the pizza scraps or the box in which it was delivered – we see materials in limbo. In fact, when we look at waste we are looking the fractions that compose its very existence.
So all we see really is, Organics, Plastics and Inert Materials. The organic materials include all of the food waste, garden trimmings, scrap paper and cardboard. The plastic materials include all of the plastics remains otherwise not recycled. The inert fraction, which we take out, includes all of highly recyclable metals and minerals that we send back to recycling – like aluminum cans, metal pieces and glass bottles, that can be better served by recyclers within these particular materials segments.
Waste collection trucks pick up the household waste and delivers it to a Transfer station or Recycling center. At the center, all the highly valuable materials that can be recycled, like certain plastics, paper, cardboard, and metals are extracted for sale. The waste left over, known as ‘Residual Waste’, including organics, dirty plastics, paper, cardboard, and diapers are then delivered to a UBQ facility instead of being disposed of in a landfill dump or burned in an incinerator.
When the residual waste arrives at the UBQ facility, it is pre-sorted and screened to ensure there are no additional materials that can be recycled. We particularly focus on inert and abrasive materials like metals and glass. This inert fraction is sent back to the MRF.
The pre-sorted and screened waste stream is then dried to reduce moisture levels. Did you know, that on average, waste is between 40% to 60% water! Think about it, a tomato is basically 98% water (our bodies between 55% to 60%).
The dried waste stream is then shredded into a fluff like material to make it a more manageable feedstock for the UBQ Process.
The process effectively reduces the unsorted residual waste stream into many of its more basic natural components. At an almost molecular level, these natural components reconstitute themselves and bind together into a new homogeneous composite material.
The process is a closed loop and environmentally friendly system. There are no harmful air emissions, no water is used, no waste is produced and it is energy efficient. As a result, the conversion process transforms the unrecyclable into the commercial viable, versatile, and valuable UBQ Material.
The UBQ Material can then be compounded into standard pellets to be transported and used in factories around the world. This UBQ Material can partially, or totally, substitute plastic and wood in thousands of different applications. Please refer to the Material Page for further details.
Manufacturers can then use the different UBQ Material compound formulations to produce more sustainable end-products using existing manufacturing equipment. Please refer to the Material Page for more details.
UBQ makes sure to leverage every kilo of solid material input and output, putting it all to good use. In our processing steps we remove the recyclable inert materials and send them back to the recyclers while we use all the rest to convert it into our up-cycled bio-based UBQ Material.
By investing in and building an in-house waste screening and processing waste division, UBQ has been able to test and control all parameters of the incoming residual waste feedstock. This has enabled us to ensure that the UBQ Process can handle seemingly varying levels of different material fractions within the residual household waste streams.
So whether the waste is coming in the summer or winter, high income or low income neighborhoods, in different cities or countries, UBQ has a system in place to handle and mange it all.
UBQ has developed an internal quality control system to be able to test the input and output materials on every step of its processing stages. This enables us to confidently support our materials adhere to the approvals and certifications required by prospective customers.
UBQ has an extensive intellectual property portfolio of provisional and granted patents worldwide focused primarily on our innovative process (Method) and our sustainable material (Composition of Matter). This includes granted patents in Europe, Eurasia, USA, China, India, Canada, Singapore, Israel and Japan to mention a few. We are committed to our long-term R&D efforts aiming to expand our IP and know-how base while focusing on new developments and solutions to the waste and materials sectors.
With over 2 billion tons of domestic waste generated annually - and growing - circular economy solutions like ours, need to be put to work around the world. UBQ is always looking for strategic partners who are committed to making a sustainable impact.