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Humanity's technological development over the past three centuries has been predicated on its ability to transform fossil fuels into electricity, mechanical work, and thermal energy.


Such fossil fuel transformation activities are unavoidably inefficient, creating ever expanding collections of off-products and spoils - in other words, waste.

Humankind has turned a blind eye for too long to the simple fact that the waste generated by our technological activities cannot be disposed of - but rather must be converted to other forms of energy if we are to avoid being suffocated by the mounting weight of our waste.

Laconic is committed to a different approach - to mining the Anthropocene

Laconic believes that the scale of our species' economic activity has given rise to new opportunities to transform the spoils of our past and present existence into the very energy that will fuel it in the future.

We are focused on fostering unique solutions to the management of human-generated waste - partnering with various governments to drive policy initiatives that creatively repurpose immense reserves of stored energy that have hitherto been ignored.


Fossil Fuels Are Dinosaur Trash

Laconic has partnered with leading technologists, thinkers, and researchers to creatively repurpose the soft underbelly of the Anthropocene - its waste.

Whether it be agricultural spoils, unproductive biomass, medical waste, or simply common municipal solid waste, humanity's variegated economic activities provide nearly unlimited opportunities for the productive transformation of the energy stored in its waste.



Every 20 minutes, the equivalent of a 10-ton
truck load of plastic is dumped into
the waters


Globally, if the tendency of humankind to disregard the negative externalities embedded in the unusable byproducts of modern economic life continues unabated, then by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

Delivering effective waste management outcomes requires tackling technical, institutional, financial, environmental and social challenges via a holistic approach the emphasizes stakeholder engagement, material economic growth, and measurable socio-political outcomes. 

In Southeast Asia, Laconic is tackling the issue on multiple fronts, undertaking research and development into river traps, supporting grassroots beach collection programs, and developing large-scale energy transformation projects on the island of Java. 

  1. Support approaches to increase ocean plastic collection and up-cycling 

  2. Exploration, design, implementation and operation of a take back & recycling system for end-of-life fishing gear 

  3. Explore the regional waste management environments and infrastructure to identify potential partners 

  4. Research, design, implementation and operation of distributed, modular systems for collection / interception of river plastic 

  5. Investigate plastics supply chain to determine fair labour practices and verify partner supply chains

  6. Integrate plastic waste collection into carbon negative processes to transform non-recyclable plastics to clean energy 

  7. Identify, track, and prevent illegal waste dumping

Ocean Plastic Pledge

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Laconic’s approach to human-generated waste includes:

Problem Frame:

Existing landfills are seeping untreated waste into the environment and must be dammed

Large quantities of municipal solid waste require a disposal solution

Large quantities of atmosphere-heating methane are available as a feedstock

Existing landfill space can be repurposed into new sustainable developments

Deliver energy transformation solutions in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by leveraging the following expertise:


  • Production of fuel-cell grade H2

  • Production of carbon black

  • Production of green electricity

  • Restoration of local ecology

  • Capping of existing landfills

  • Processing of future waste-stream

  • Sustainable redevelopment of land reclaimed from capping operations

  • Capture of methane emitted from capped landfills

  • Technical training services

  • Schedule and execute O&M services

  • Providing turn-key infrastructure to include

    • Building of green hydrogen production and distribution facilities

    • Capping of existing landfills and harvesting of all methane emissions for processing

    • Combined cycle power generation facility fuels by H2 produced on-site

    • Civil works and associated support infrastructure to tie project elements together

    • Methane pyrolysis facilities

Learn more about our approach