From our homes to our workplaces, schools, supermarkets, shopping centers and places in between, plastic is everywhere. But what happens to all that plastic when it reaches the end of its useful life? Some is recycled, while the rest ends up in landfills, incinerators and the environment. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme — Valuing Plastics: The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry — encourages us all to take a more holistic and sustainable look at this most ubiquitous of materials.
Axion: is ‘storing’ waste plastics better than burning?
As global temperatures head for potentially catastrophic levels, landfilling rather than burning waste plastics might be better for the environment, suggests Keith Freegard, Director of Axion Polymers. Landfill or incineration: what is the best disposal route for our waste plastic materials? Large numbers of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants exist right across Europe and many of the UK’s municipal solid waste (MSW) and mixed recyclables ‘processing’ facilities are simply exporting a high proportion...
Why high temperature combustion of landfill gas?
Due to the accumulation of knowledge and the tightening of environmental law, the landfill technology has increasingly become concerned with the management of trace compounds in landfill gas.With landfill gas, contamination is through sulphur, chlorine, fluorine, halogenated hydrocarbons and heavy metals. Other trace elements such as volatile organic compounds (VOC), impose environmental loading factors.High temperature combustion is designed to safely and completely eliminate environmental risk.The "clean"...
Packaging—it surrounds almost everything we buy. Think about all the boxes, plastic wrap, six-pack rings, toothpaste tubes, plastic bottles, Styrofoam peanuts, and more we come across every day. Unfortunately, a lot of this packaging either ends up in the trash can or is littered. One way to be responsible is to buy things that don’t have a lot of packaging. If you do buy something with any type of packaging, then be sure to find out whether it goes into the recycling bin or the garbage can. It’s...
Milton Keynes, UK - Case Study
Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park: putting Circular Economy thinking into practice Background Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park is a world-class waste treatment facility, which is due to be fully operational in 2016. The facility aims to deal with Milton Keynes’ black bag waste in a sustainable way by incorporating three different types of treatment on one waste treatment site: mechanical treatment (MT), advanced thermal treatment (ATT) and anaerobic digestion (AD). Annually, an estimated 132,000 tonnes...
Film waste? Don`t take it to the landfill - Case Study
Recently, True Plastics Recycling, based in Carrollton, Texas, successfully commissioned a new recycling system, consisting of a WEIMA WLK 20 Jumbo single-shaft shredder and a Gamma Meccanica GM 180 recycling system to reuse industrial film. In 2012, Mike Largent, a young entrepreneur, established his own company in Carrollton, North-East of the Texan metropolis Dallas, the center of the US oil industry. At the beginning the company processed approximately 90 tons of film material per month using a simple...