Grand Challenge

Solid waste generation rates are rising fast, on pace to exceed 11 million tons per day by 2100. That is triple what we currently produce today. Over 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic. The global cost of dealing with all that trash is also rising from $205 billion a year in 2010 to $375 billion by 2025, with the sharpest cost increases in developing countries. These results hold serious consequences for public services, government budgets, and the space consumed by landfills.

Draft Guidelines

The winning team will develop a portable, nonpolluting, closed-loop system technology that:

  1. Efficiently segregates household waste into organic and toxic waste, and recyclable waste streams.
  2. Generates at least one form of energy, and
  3. Creates a minimum of three reusable raw materials.

To find out how you can help support this XPRIZE, please email [email protected].


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