Converting unsorted household waste into recyclable thermoplastic
Globally we are generating over 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste each year, with around 37% of that waste being dumped in some form of landfill. Israeli-based UBQ is unlocking the hidden value of unsorted household waste - everything from food residues and mixed plastics to cardboard, paper, and even dirty diapers - and converting it into recyclable thermoplastic.
UBQ’s advanced waste conversion technology breaks unsorted waste streams down to basic particulate constructs —lignin, cellulose, fibers, and sugars—and then reassembles them into a matrix. The remaining mixed plastics are melted and bound into the matrix to create UBQ, a composite thermoplastic material.
The UBQ conversion process was developed to have zero impact, with a relatively small amount of energy and no production waste, effluents or use of water, creating a revolutionary new material which closes the loop on unsustainable waste disposal and provides a path to a truly circular economy.