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.
New drinking water scheme to cut plastic bottle use by millions
Retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities in every major city and town across England will offer free refill stations for people to top-up their water bottles by 2021. Water UK said today that the national scheme would cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, while substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water. People will be able to use an app on their phone to find out where the nearest refill point is, or look out for signs in shop windows, while...
What are the problems facing London due to waste disposal?
This summer, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, published a draft London Environment Strategy for public consultation. The strategy outlines his plans to tackle the London waste disposal concerns. When it comes to London waste disposal, Khan’s ambition is that: “by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill and by 2030 65% London’s municipal waste will be recycled”. Currently, waste disposal costs ratepayers £2bn a year. Only 52% of London’s 7m tonnes of...
Tyre recycling pyrolysis plant
To solve the problem of used tyres waste plastic and waste rubber in a green way, instead of landfill or burning. Waste tyre recycling pyrolysis plant is feeding in every second and minute,automatic ejecting wastes residue,fuel product day and night.waste tyre or waste plastic into fuel and energy .The raw material of tyre recycling pyrolysis plant is waste tyre ,waste plastics,waste rubber . Tyre oil from waste tyre recycling pyrolysis plant1. Can be widely used as industrial fuel materials for burning.2. If...
Anaerobic Digestion Reduces Microplastics in Sludge
Anaerobic digestion can help remove microplastics — a large cause of water pollution — during the sewage treatment process Microplastics, or tiny fragments of plastic, include microbeads, the plastic pellets present in thousands of household and personal care products, including toothpaste, cosmetics, and beauty scrubs. They also include fragments from the breakdown of anything in our lives made out of plastic — even synthetic fabrics. The surface of microplastic particles can host pathogenic...
ROWL recycles tons of plastic with a baler on a trailer - Case Study
In Lewistown, Montana, a town of just 5,000 people, the community is gathering once a month and making a difference. Before Recycle Our Waste Lewistown (ROWL) was started nearly 3 years ago, there was no place locally for people to recycle their plastic. This was bothersome to Rosemary Kent, Chairperson of ROWL, who strongly believed in recycling after living overseas for a few years (see video interview with Rosemary, here). Eventually with the grant money received from the Episcopal Diocese of Montana, local...