Q. What is released post incineration?
A. Each burn cycle releases a small pinch of ash, which can be discarded easily and is clean. Also released is minimal smoke for a minute (contains the least possible emissions compared to any method of reject-waste disposal in the world-View Report on the Homepage). Any other machine would release toxic smoke for 30 mins, because it cannot reach legal incineration temperatures.
Q. Where does the smoke go?
A. Depending on where it is installed, the machine's exhaust is connected to the existing exhaust-system in the building. Incase this doesn't exist, emissions can be safely released at a basic height of a few metres (~3 to 5). Emissions are much cleaner than a diesel engine running for longer times, so this is safer than standing on most city roads.
Q. What can go in the machine?
A. Sanitary napkins of all kinds, Face Masks (even N-95), Tampons, Toxic Cloth-Waste, certain Cotton/fabric reject waste, Band-aids, Gauze and related reject, non-recyclable waste must be incinerated in the machine.
Q. What cannot go in the machine?
A. Rubber, Latex, Nitrile, Single-Use plastic, certain Synthetic items, Wet cloth/pads/tissues, Metal Scrap, Bad Vibes.
Q. What happens if these above items go in the machine?
A. The machine burns waste at 1200ºC, it will burn almost anything - gold would melt. But the point is to control the emissions, which can happen if we control what goes inside. Single-use plastics cause tremendous pollution, and should be reused instead. Rubber and similar items will affect incineration efficiency as it may stick inside.
Q. What is the maintenance involved?
A. Minimal. There is an ashtray inside which, depending on use, can be easily removed and cleaned once a week. The machine is software based, meaning most of the maintenance happens remotely through our servers.
Q. What is the running cost of the machine?
A. Each cycle uses just 0.2 Units of electricity. Yes, that's under two rupees to burn ~50 napkins. There is no other running cost involved. Compare this to all the resources used in collecting, segregating, transporting and storing waste until it is, if it's lucky, taken to an industrial incinerator to burn.
Q. Why is Incineration so important?
A. Incineration is important because reject-waste contains several toxins (Dioxins, Furans) which cause global warming, spread diseases (like cancer) among people and animals, lead to immediate air, water and land pollution. This waste needs to be incinerated safely at temperatures above 1050ºC, according to global incineration standards. It is also important to reach these temperatures efficiently to control emissions.
Q. Where can neoX be installed?
A. Anywhere. It is designed for bathroom, outdoor spaces, backyards, waste-collection centres, factories. It is beyond safe to install indoors, in your home, office, apartment, hotel and so on. The greater the decentralisation, the better.
Q. Why should I bother with handling the waste?
A. It's not really a bother. Just how waste is collected in bins, it can be collected in the machine. The one-time investment is valuable because not only do you tremendously reduce your carbon footprint, you also save on hidden-costs in the long term. There are plenty of direct and indirect costs associated with the present, centralised system that fall back on you. Plumbing, transport, storing, segregating, all such public costs, along with the medical costs incurred by the Government due to landfills, open-burning and so on are ultimately borne by us, the public.
Q. What is the capacity of the machine?
A. Each cycle can burn around 50 pads or about 70-80 masks. The exact capacity would vary based on the types of pads, masks, waste going in. The machine's size cannot be increased because this is directly correlated with the efficiency of incineration. This is has been found to be optimal.
Q. How long does it take to burn?
A. Each cycle takes under 5 mins to burn completely. Post this, the machine enters a cooling cycle which last another 6 mins, bringing it back to normal. We recommend 20 mins between cycles for optimal use.
Q. What if there is a power cut?
A. Each machine has a battery back-up and it switches to this power source automatically. It is very important for an incinerator to not stop mid-burn cycle, as this releases foul, harmful emissions that are carcinogenic. Which is also why any incinerator that doesn't reach legal temperatures causes cancer and other problems by releasing invisible toxins.