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A better solution for waste management

Growing waste volumes are one of the many factors that are putting an increasing burden on our environment and the world’s climate. Molok’s Deep Collection System is doing its bit to manage waste collection more effectively and reduce its impact – and the company’s innovative products are used by tens of millions of people in numerous countries today.

Like many innovations, Molok’s Deep Collection System is based on a very simple basic idea. In this case, the fact that waste collection capacity can be increased many times over compared to traditional surface solutions by utilising a vertical design that allows waste to be stored out of sight underground.

Gravity compresses waste towards the bottom of the deep containers used in the Molok approach. This saves space and allows the natural coolness of the ground to reduce the spread of unpleasant odour.

Less need for collection

Thanks to their vertical design and large capacity, Molok Deep Collection containers need to be emptied much less frequently than conventional surface containers, reducing truck usage and fuel consumption, and resulting in more pleasant surroundings for residents as well. The reduction in environmental impact offered by a typical Molok installation at a residential location can translate into hundreds of fewer kilometres driven by waste collection trucks and fuel savings running into hundreds of litres of diesel annually. The longer the distance between a collection point and where waste is delivered to, the bigger the savings and the bigger the reduction in a system’s carbon footprint.

Encouraging people to sort and recycle

A clean, efficient, and easy-to-use Molok system also encourages people to sort and recycle their waste more effectively. A typical Molok collection point includes separate containers for paper, glass, biodegradable waste, as well as mixed waste – all designed for decades of heavy use in a wide variety of even extreme weather conditions.

Encouraging people in this way is important, as they are the best ambassadors for spreading greater awareness about the importance of sorting and recycling generally.

The small footprint of the Molok Deep Collection System also benefits residents by enabling them to make more use of space as playgrounds and gardens.

Solutions for numerous locations

Thanks to a continuous programme of product development, Molok can offer a range of solutions for different needs, even including one specially designed for collecting glass bottles intact. Containers are complemented by a specially designed collection truck and crane.

The wide range of capabilities on offer from Molok, coupled with their small environmental footprint, makes them ideal for parks, parking and picnic areas, scenic spots, and resorts.

The Molok Deep Collection System is a high-capacity, space-saving, stay-clean solution that blends in well with its surroundings.

> Jukka Blom
(Published in HighTech Finland 2009)