materials recycling sector Articles

  • Environmental Benefits of Recycling

    An international review of life cycle comparisons for key materials in the UK recycling sector A recurring theme in the debates that surround waste and resources management is the extent to which the recycling of materials offers genuine benefits to the environment. Often, critics of the policy drive towards greater recycling assert that the act of recycling may in fact have little or no ...

  • The Recycling Industries - A Canadian Perspective

    The recycling sector is part of the environmental technology industry sector and offers economic as well as environmental and resource conservation benefits. As a major player in the global resource sector Canadian mining and metallurgical industries continue to provide opportunities for technology transfer in areas including separation and materials handling for recyclables. The paper, with some ...


    By ORTECH

  • The automotive sector`s information challenge

    Few industries face the mounting challenges and scrutiny of expanding environmental compliance requirements, ecological mandates, consumer expectations, and NGO watch groups as much as the automotive industry. The entire supply chain for the automotive industry is being affected by legislation from the EU end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) Directive that addresses the recycling, reuse and recovery of ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • EPA pushes material-management challenges

    In remarks before the Air and Waste Management Association this June, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator Thomas Dunne expressed his vision of a future filled with partnerships between EPA and the private sector designed to recycle and reuse “every major waste stream in the country, especially those wastes like biomass that can be converted to energy.” While ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Sector Waste Review Service

    Pharmaceutical manufacturing plants generate a variety of waste streams throughout the production, supply and organisational processes. While the day-to-day activities are similar from one plant to the next, the actual processes used in pharmaceutical manufacturing ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Die-cast zinc: New solution for the further processing of material residues Smaller volume, less transport costs, easy recycling

    Special shredders crush bulky sprues fully automatically... One of the most economical and technically best methods for producing zinc parts is the modern zinc die-casting process. To produce high numbers of parts automatically in a short time, it is now a standard procedure in a wide variety of industrial sectors. A further advantage of this process is the recyclability of the zinc residues, ...

  • Defining the balance in Recycling report

    Our report examines industry sectors to show how businesses can focus on generating quality recycling by following the principles of the waste hierarchy. In the current climate there’s a huge global market for materials of the right quality and this provides a real opportunity for those businesses that produce consistently high quality material for recycling. Growth in global recovered ...


    By DS Smith Recycling

  • Materials flow of platinum group metals in Germany

    Platinum group metals have become indispensable in modern industrial society and the demand for PGMs has greatly increased. An in-depth quantitative analysis of PGM applications, lifecycle structure, deficits and optimisation potential in Germany has been carried out by Umicore Precious Metals Refining and Oko-Institute. Besides detailed insights into one of the more opaque metal markets, the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Recycling efficiency in the construction industry

    Construction clients, policy makers and planners are increasingly setting requirements to encourage greater use of recovered materials in construction. A number of construction clients and product manufacturers have shown a desire to expand the consideration of materials efficiency to include recyclability as part of the sustainable construction agenda. Potentially there are significant benefits ...

  • Organics Recycling In North Carolina

    A recent study by state agency analyzed organic materials recycled since 2011, as well as food waste recovered in 2015. Findings show substantial organics recycling capacity. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released a study in June 2016 analyzing the organic materials recycled since 2011, as well as food waste recovered in 2015. The facility reporting ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Measuring diversion, recycling progress

    ONE OF the first sessions at the 23rd Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference next month in San Diego is titled “Documenting Waste Diversion.” When the State of California adopted its AB 939 recycling law in 1989, it established a 50 percent waste diversion goal by 2000. Jurisdictions failing to meet that goal would be subject to fines. A number of other states adopted diversion or recycling goals ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Recycling at Special Events.Where Crowds Gather, Recyclables are Sure to Follow

     Special events pose a challenge to recyclers because the waste stream often contains large amounts of single-use products and food discards, and multiple vendors often serve participants. While the type of materials generated varies by event size, venue, and theme, quantities can be substantial. For example, the 30,000 patrons at the Davis, California 1999 Whole Earth Festival produced more ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Is it time to recycle more nickel?

    Now you might think me a little sad, but I have to confess that as a metallurgist, I always find it interesting just how closely the history of mankind is linked to advances in metal working. The first evidence of metal working in Europe dates from around 5500 BC with the extraction of copper, lead and precious metals and this was followed by the working of bronze from around 4000 BC, both of ...

  • Stainless Steel Sector Gets Its Sights on Sustainability

    Sustainable development continues to filter down into the business world. In April, the British Stainless Steel Association held its first conference on the theme. Delegates heard that stainless steel may have a vital role in solving environmental problems in applications such as renewable energy projects and more fuel-efficient vehicles. But they were also told that regulatory and competitive ...

  • Electronics sector looks to tackle tensions in a globalising world

    Recent EU Directives on waste electronic goods and hazardous substances are leading to tensions with developing countries which export equipment. The global electronics supply chain is now forming an important testing ground for a new initiative on sustainable trade and innovation aimed at overcoming accusations of environmental protectionism. The initiative encapsulates some of the conflicts ...

  • WEEE – aren’t materials too precious to lose?

    Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, was interviewed by leading journal MRW magazine recently, on the subject of WEEE. Drawing upon his specialist industry insight he commented on the methodology used to process WEEE and the extent to which the sector needs to go ‘back to basics’ to ensure precious materials are not lost. Conversation surrounding recyclate quality has ...


    By UNTHA UK LTD

  • Glass crusher for FOOD & BEVERAGES recycling

    Cogelme Glass Crusher in a very efficient manner destroys defected or expired wine, beer and other beverages glass bottles, as well as jars with food inside and helps to obtain pure glass and pure organic materials. Multiple benefits delivered to the food recyclers: The glass containers can be crushed to adjustable sizes, in base of the needs. Cogelme ...


    By Cogelme S.r.l.

  • Kerbside Recycling: Indicative costs and performance

    The increase in national recycling rates achieved by local authorities since the publication of Waste Strategy 2000 has been impressive. The growth from 7% to 31% in 2006/07 has been achieved through a mixture of investment and ingenuity, but it has resulted in the creation of a number of different collection systems with many local variations. Although opinions about the merits of the different ...

  • Electronic waste recycling plant In Eindhoven

    Sector: Electronic scrap Brown goods, grey goods, white goods – as much as 60,000 metric tons of electronic waste are processed each year at Sims Group’s state-ofthe-art plant in Eindhoven. Analysis Combining this high throughput with a high purity degree of reclaimed raw materials is the constant goal of Paul Verhappen, Senior Process Engineer ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Improvement in recycling rates case study

    Client: Kudos International Location: The Brighton Centre, Brighton Date: Ongoing Sector: Leisure About the Project: The Brighton Centre is a world renowned Conference and Concert Venue and hosts high profile events such as Political Party Conferences, Indoor Sporting Events and large music ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

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