Few people realise how much trash modern societies can produce on a cumulative basis. In 2019, then minister of environment and water resources Masagos Zulkifli reported that Singapore produces 7.7 million tonnes per annum — equivalent to the total weight of 530,000 double-decker buses.

In countries without efficient trash disposal, the formation of trash mountains pose a health hazard to residents and make neighbourhoods less pleasant places to live.

Yet, there may be an impetus to resolve this seemingly unresolvable problem. In trying to develop new methods of producing hydrogen to power the future economy, Omni Conversion Technologies (Omni CT) has discovered a way to convert trash into fuel. Suddenly, the world’s mountains of useless refuse and overflowing landfills are starting to look like goldmines.

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