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About Envac

Provider of automated waste collection services. The company provides underground network systems for transportation of municipal and commercial waste. Its vacuum technology is installed in residences, business premises, town centres, industrial kitchens, hospitals, and airports. [Keywords: cleantech, environment, waste]

Envac Headquarter Location

Bryggvagen 16-18 Grondal

Stockholm, 117 84,

Sweden

46 8 775 32 00

Latest Envac News

Double-Parking Overground

Nov 4, 2020

Axios Cities Today I promise you a virus-free newsletter with no presidential politics — just cities stuff (and some candy at the end). And: I just got a very nice note from Kim Hart, who says baby Jenna is home from the hospital and doing well. As always, it's great to hear from her! Today's newsletter is 1,431 words, which will take you 5½ minutes to read. 1 big thing: Americans push their garbage collection underground Envac's automated vacuum collection system. Source: Envac Trash systems that use vacuum suction and pneumatic tubes to whoosh garbage from people's homes and sidewalk bins have been around for decades, but are gaining new traction in the U.S. Why it matters: These systems — which currently serve Disney World and Manhattan's Roosevelt Island — get municipal garbage trucks off the streets and offer cleaner and greener waste removal. Driving the news: The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is soliciting plans to build a vacuum-tube-based underground garbage system for Polo Grounds Towers, a 4,000-resident complex in Harlem. A contract will be awarded next summer, and the new system would probably be the first in the U.S. to include recycling. The project "could have a huge impact on plans for private development," Juliette Spertus, an urban designer with NYCHA, tells Axios. The owners of Hudson Yards, a private residential and commercial development on Manhattan's West Side, have signaled interest in building one. And a group called ClosedLoops wants to build one under Manhattan's High Line in Chelsea. How it works: Pedestrians or residents place trash in chutes in their homes or where outdoor garbage baskets would normally be. A stream of air sucks the refuse down to subterranean pipes, where it's forced by vacuum pressure to a central collection station. From there, the waste is sent to permanent disposal sites like landfills. Larger items like sofas, heavy cardboard boxes or computer monitors don't go through pneumatic tubes — they get placed in discrete collection areas. No municipal garbage trucks are involved, and overflowing trash bins are a thing of the past, companies like Envac and a newer rival, MariMatic, tell me. If someone drops something heavy or otherwise naughty into the system, maintenance workers shut down a pneumatic tube, remove the offending object and restart it. Other advantages: The places in an apartment complex that would normally be dedicated to trash management can be freed up for other uses — like bike rooms. "Our vision is that pneumatic systems should become as natural a part of a city’s natural infrastructure as water, electricity or sewage," says Joakim Karlsson, CEO of Envac, the Stockholm-based company that invented pneumatic waste collection systems in the 1950s and installed the Disney World and Roosevelt Island systems in the 1970s. Most systems are currently outside the U.S. — primarily in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The intrigue: MariMatic, which is based in Finland, says its technology is more modern and better suited to recycling. It uses plastic pipes that are smaller in diameter than Envac's steel pipes. This equates to lower energy consumption, Albert Mateu of MariMatic told me. These systems are growing "more and more popular around the world," Mateu says, but they're a tougher sell in the United States. Benjamin Miller of ClosedLoops, which wants to build a system for the High Line, says that's largely because the capital expenditure of such a system is upfront — and expensive — compared with the cost of replacing garbage trucks. What they're saying: "If you had to build a new world, would you choose garbage trucks? I don’t think so," Karlsson says. A view from Manhattan of the southern stretch of Roosevelt Island. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios It's 2 miles long and very narrow. It used to house the New York City Lunatic Asylum and a smallpox hospital. While you may never have heard of it, it's part of Manhattan, presiding with elegance over a patch of the East River, sandwiched between Manhattan and Queens. Thanks to its underground garbage system, it was a rare place in NYC where waste management wasn't harmed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Karlsson of Envac says. Why it matters: Don't cry for New York's housing market just yet. Roosevelt Island — known when I was very young as "Welfare Island" — has become a hot place to rent or buy. This small two-bedroom, two-bath rental (with city views) will knock you back $5,095 a month. This seemingly similar unit has a list price of $1.35 million. Proof it's still

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Envac Patents

Envac has filed 9 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Engine components
  • Filters
  • Gas technologies
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