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<strong>The Muncher can handle five to eight tons of waste daily without releasing toxins or hazardous gases.</strong>

The Muncher can handle five to eight tons of waste daily without releasing toxins or hazardous gases.

By Stephanie Raygoza
Staff Writer

Revolutionizing the way companies and facilities dispose of everyday waste and materials, Nevada-based company Ecologico-Logic is unveiling and demonstrating its machine prototype, the Muncher, as an environmentally friendly alternative to waste disposal.
Ecologico-Logic consists of seven individuals with strong backgrounds in business, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and environmental science. Dr. James Stein, acting secretary, is also a mathematics professor at Cal State Long Beach. The company’s primary manufacture facility is located in Gardena where they also host their demonstrations.
“It’s a very new marketing effort,” said Mohammed Memon, chief operations officer and co-founder. “We’re also looking to go into additionally large commercial landscapers– companies that bring in a lot of green waste.”
The Muncher prototype uses an aerobic digestion method that is a combination of physical, chemical, and biological processes. It reduces waste and transforms the residue into saleable byproducts such as liquid effluent, solid cake, and carbon dioxide.
“Altogether, it was about a 15-year developmental process to bring it to where it is today. The current prototype is over a million dollars in development,” Memon said.
The waste-disposal system is based on an earlier concept that was developed to treat contaminated water systems. The team adapted the process for solid-waste handling in 2009 and came up with the prototype a year later.
“It’s all working with the nitrogen cycle. It’s all essentially the same nitrogen cycle so we just adapted the process, the machinery, to handle solid material instead,” Memon said.
What sets the Muncher apart from other waste-disposal processes is its ability to run all organic material through it and then convert that into compost without the liability of other processors.
“For example, you take like a 30- to 45-day composting process. We reduce it to hours, and that material, once it comes out of our system, is immediately ready for use. You do not have to have an additional storage period to prepare it,” Memon said.

<strong>The Muncher prototype takes various forms of waste and materials and disposes them to create useable compost.</strong>

The Muncher prototype takes various forms of waste and materials and disposes them to create useable compost.

Additional features to the Muncher include cleanup of such toxic chemicals as PCBs, dioxins, and nitrates and the fact that it releases no hazardous gases or harmful byproducts.
“The prototype is a concept proving system. We show the whole process from waste entering the pretreatment system to the digestion system to the output system to show potential buyers and for educational purposes, as well to show that this is a viable science. It fits an environmentally conscious mindset,” Memon said.
The demonstrations take about 30 minutes and can process about five to eight tons a day. The eventual target system will take 50 tons a day for disposal entities and can go bigger.
“We put waste through our machine, and 30 minutes later, you have a neutralized compost that does not have any foul odor anymore,” Memon said. “We have actually a material reduction of about 80 percent from what we started with, so the whole point there is that you’re diverting waste from landfills. We’re helping achieve that.”
The company is entirely self-funded and currently looking for investors and grant funding. However, its main goal now is to educate others.
“What we want to do right now is raise awareness. We want people to see that there are alternatives out there to our current methods of waste processing and handling,” Memon said. “We have an amazing, environmentally friendly green technology here that we want people to consider using in their communities.”


3 Responses to “‘Muncher’ prototype providing greener option for waste disposal”

  1. Cathy Minarik on June 12th, 2011 1:11 pm

    This is an example of the innovation that we are looking for in this country. Communities such as Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco should be knocking at their door; or smaller communities should be investing in this technology.


  2. Oly Afanasiy on June 12th, 2011 3:46 pm

    What I read about, I liked the muncher. I would like to know more about this machine. Do you know where I could see it work? I think this has great possibilities. I also looked at the Times and Press Telegram and cannot find any mention of this machine. It appears to be on the cutting edge of technology, and I am wondering how many other items and compounds it will reduce. The vastly reduced time of 30 minutes, no smell, reduction in PCB’s , nitrates and reduction in the total mass caught my eye. I compost and if this machine does what is claimed, it would clean the environment big time. It was not something I expected to find in your news paper but in a larger one in their environmental and science section. Thanks for keeping us readers informed of new things. I hope Signal Hill buys one so it can take care of our trash problem rather than burning and polluting the air at the plant in Long Beach. And then Long Beach so they will not have to burn trash any longer. Are you planning on a follow up article? If so, I am looking forward to reading it.


  3. Robert Heinz on June 15th, 2011 8:53 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know it was 15 years in the making. Congratulations you guys and to Jacob Dickinson who is one of the seven.


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‘Muncher’ prototype providing greener option for waste disposal