Thursday March 6, 2014
A central piece of the circular economy is in developing the processes to effectively recycle, and then driving the demand for recycled products. I just last week reported on MAUSER's new recycling center in Europe that recycles end of life plastic industrial packaging.
Now MAUSER has launched its Infinity SeriesTM of plastic drums comprised of recycled material produced at its European operation. It is introducing a new series of UN approved plastic drums made from what it says is the highest quality plastic recycling material generated from used industrial packaging.
"The drums of our Infinity SeriesTM come in standardized dimensions similar to our packaging manufactured from virgin plastic," says Axel Schaefer, Head of Product Group Management, Europe at MAUSER Group. "This makes it easy for customers to transition to the Infinity SeriesTM with little to no changes to their operations. By making use of recycled materials our new drum series is more environmentally friendly and comes with lower carbon emissions than comparable packaging produced from exclusively virgin HDPE. We see high interest with clients from various industries looking into practical solutions for making their packaging portfolio more sustainable."
Sunday March 2, 2014
"Finally the Government is facing up to its responsibilities and enforces our environmental law and the Court's decisions," says Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive of Platform member organisation BELA (Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association), referencing two illegal shipbreaking yards that have finally been shut down in Southest Bangladesh by that country's Forest Department and the District Administration.
SK Steel and SK Ship Breaking and Recycling illegally leased forest land in 2009, then chopping thousands of mangrove trees before importing end-of-life ships to break or dismantle on the beach. In October 2013, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh determined the yards to be illegal, ordering them to be evicted and the trees to be replanted.
Supported by the United Nations, more than 14000 mangrove trees had been planted in 2009 to help buffer local communities from the devastating impact of cyclones and floods. The trees were cleared to make way for the shipbreaking yards. One of the yard operators was a Bangladeshi Member of Parliament, who also was involved in the illegal cutting.
The process to evict the illegal operations was an arduous one, with the case filed in 2009, and agreement by the High Court in 2010 that shipbreaking should not take place. After the Supreme Court decision of October 2013 supported the initial plea of the Forest Department, the companies were removed. "Shipbreakers break the law every day by importing ships containing hazardous waste into Bangladesh and having them beached," Hasan adds, "and we need to stop all illegal operations."
Ultimately, the elimination of environmentally and socially devastatin shipbreaking and the move to fully responsible ship recycling involves getting ship recycling off of the beach and into contained ship recycling facilities.
Friday February 28, 2014
A new RDF/SRF operation, the Swindon Commercial Services' (SCS) solid municipal waste plant, has opened in the UK. It was developed by Machinex, a Canadian equipment manufacturer. The plant will push through 48,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste annually, separating materials to generate refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF).
Processing involves shredding, and then removing fine particles through a trommel, with ferrous and non-ferrous metals sorted via magnets before being removed with a heavy-light separator. A secondary shredder ensures material sizing of 30mm or less. Read more about thermal disposal options for solid waste.
Friday February 28, 2014
The benefits of reusable packaging are well understood in many industries, and are beginning to become increasingly recognized in various sectors of the recycling industry as it continues to grow. In fact, usage of reusable or returnable transport packaging is anticipated to increase by as muich as 200 to 300 percent over the next decade, powered by the ability of reusable to help stakeholders address regulatory, environmental and cost control challenges.
It should be cautioned, however, that due to regulatory and environmental considerations in areas such as electronic recycling, lead-acid battery recycling and others, care must be taken to select the appropriate container for a commercial recycling application. Read more.