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.
Why we need to recycle plastic
In a recent article for Forbes, Trevor Nace, geologist, adventurer, and founder of Science Trends, expressed his concern about not recycling plastic. Worldwide people buy a million plastic bottles per minute and the 91% of them end up in the garbage. The consequences for our land, water, and wildlife are disastrous. Throwing away plastic bottles, instead of recycling them, means that most plastic ends up in landfills or in the oceans. Many landfills are already overcrowded and take up space that could be used...
Wood here, plastic there ... Redevelopment, renovation, urban reuse
Redevelopment, renovation, urban reuse; these are the types of interventions that are helping many construction companies in public and private sector whilst in almost total absence of new built. These are usually small activities which are ideally suited for construction companies specialized on restructuring and refurbishment sites; in many occasions the total removal of obsolete buildings (without historical or artistic value) requires the involvement of firms with means and equipment that can safely carry...
`Standards are desperately needed for plastic and pesticide contamination in soil´
In addition to plastic in the oceans, plastic contamination in arable land throughout Europe and other parts of the world is a growing problem. No standards exist for these types of soil pollutants, nor for pesticide residues or their degradation products. For this reason, Professor Violette Geissen is calling for standards to be implemented. On 15 June, Geissen will deliver her inaugural address as professor holding a personal chair at Wageningen University & Research. Plastic covers are used in agriculture...
AutoPumps Manage Landfill Leachate to Keep Methane Flowing - Case Study
Green Bay adds Gas-to-Energy Facility to 30-year-old Landfil Brown County East Landfill in Green Bay, Wisconsin recently completed a feasibility study that determined it would be economically sound to convert methane gas into electrical energy by electric generators to the site. Two new Cat 3516A+ engines are projected to come on line in December of this year, housed in a new 30 x 100 foot building that will also contain the other gas processing equipment. "We will be able to process 620 cfm through the system,...
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...