plastic waste Articles

  • What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

    From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards ...


    By Ensia

  • A look at California`s landmark plastic bag ban

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box. Here are some key things to know about the landmark legislation: WHAT ...


    By Associated Press

  • Shredding hard plastics brings new business and helps to reduce non-disposable plastic pollution - Case Study

    In a world filled with plastic packaging, which accumulates in the environment and oceans, it is vitally important to move towards a greater level of recycling and reducing plastic waste. One step towards this goal was achieved by our customer in Belgium, which uses the TANA Shark waste shredder to shred hard plastics. The versatility of the TANA Shark is helping them adapt to the changing needs ...


    By Tana Oy

  • Mechanical Recycling of PVC Wastes

    Untitled Document This study presents the current situation of mechanical recycling of PVC waste, as well as a detailed description of the existing recycling schemes of PVC waste. The ...

  • Compacting waste - Case Study

    Throw away little things and save big bucks? It hardly seems likely, but that's just what the U.S. Air Force is doing. At Randolph AFB, TX, they are putting usedand hazardous-air filters into a state-of-the-art industrial compaction machine and saving thousands of dollars in hazardous waste disposal. The air filters contain aircraft paint removed by plastic media blasting (PMB). Small plastic ...


    By Waste Control Systems Inc

  • The growing E-waste problem

    If your current PC is too slow or running out of storage space, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace it than to upgrade it. But what happens to your computer once you replace it? The workplace mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” often ends with office paper and aluminum soda cans. As a result, myriad computers considered obsolete by today’s standards sit unused in back rooms or end up in ...


    By Lexicon Systems, LLC

  • Waste at business parks

    Virtually every town has at least one business park serving the needs of companies of all sizes looking for convenient office space with enough parking space to accommodate all the needs of their staff. The concentration of so many businesses brought together has obvious implications for waste disposal. Even when the individual companies deal with their own waste, management ...

  • The myth of `residual waste`

    Recently, I was asked by my good friend John Nicholson (a consultant and contributing editor to this magazine) to address a meeting of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) Ontario Sector, regarding my position on generating energy from 'residual waste.' This invitation provided me with the opportunity to research the composition of so-called residual waste -- you know, the roughly 35 ...

  • Municipal waste management & handling

    Several MSW management practices, such as source reduction, recycling, and composting, prevent or divert materials from the wastestream. Source reduction involves altering the design, manufacture, or use of products and materials to reduce the amount and toxicity of what gets thrown away. Recycling diverts items, such as paper, glass, plastic, and metals, from the wastestream. These materials are ...


    By Jindal power ltd.

  • Waste management creates profit

    Large US furniture chain turns over USD 3 million through recycling of packaging. In 2007, the US furniture chain Rooms To Go turned over USD 1.75 billion worth of furniture – products packaged using vast amounts of cardboard, wood, plastic and EPS. But already in 1991 the chain introduced a recycling programme that has transformed waste into a profitable business which in 2007 ...


    By Runi A/S

  • The shredding of hospital and medical waste

    Waste produced in hospitals is a type of waste considered special or dangerous, as the material is composed of different elements:  biological and anatomical components, single use items deriving from surgical treatment, material used by healthcare personnel such as shirts, caps and masks, bandages, medicines used by patients, single-use glass and plastic containers used for extracting and ...


    By SatrindTech Srl

  • All Waste is not created equal

    If you live in a house, apartment or similar abode, you produce waste. Right? You probably can't go a week without producing waste. All kinds of waste. Call it trash if you want. It's still waste. And if you don't live where recycling is mandatory or there is no outlet for your voluntary environmental tendencies, everything goes into the trash - bottles, cans, cardboard, plastics, bottle caps, ...


  • Second Life for Shipping Waste

    According to the World Ocean Review, the global merchant fleet has a capacity to carry more than 1 billion tons of cargo, fuel, freshwater, ballast water, provisions, passengers and crew. Combined, these floating “towns” produce vast quantities of waste. When officials in Rotterdam, which harbors nearly 34,000 seagoing vessels each year, discovered ...


    By Ensia

  • Gasification - The Waste-To-Energy Solution

    Introduction Each year, Americans generate about 250 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste, or MSW—about 4.3 pounds per person per day. This includes “trash” such as kitchen waste, electronics, light bulbs, plastics, used tires and old paint, and yard waste. Despite significant increases in recycling and energy recovery, only about one-third of the total MSW is ...

  • Making Sense of e-Waste

    Have you ever wondered where your old PC goes? The growing utilization of electronic goods in industrial and consumer applications, fast technology obsolescence, new computer technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, etc are resulting in a lot of electronic waste. Multiple entities are taking efforts to increase consumer awareness about e-waste recycling in an ...

  • Alternative Fuel from Waste

    Alternative Fuel From Waste Municipal waste has always been seen by the public as the foul-smelling waste that nobody wants near home. In the last decades due to the cost increasing of raw materials for heating and electric energy production, it has begun to evaluate and use waste as an “alternative” energy source. ...


    By SA Eng.

  • Heavy Metals in Waste

    Untitled Document Summary and discussion The aim of this report has been to demonstrate the existing knowledge regardng the harmful effects of heavy metals, the ...

  • Principles of Waste Avoidance and Utilization

    The minimization of wastes requiring disposal is increasingly important as available disposal options become more and more constrained, and particularly as more substances enter everyday use which are not readily decomposed in the natural environment and which can present long term hazards. This note sets out some basic principles for waste minimization in industrial processes, where ...


    By The World Bank

  • Toxins Found in E-Waste

    One of the worst effects of a skyrocketing, global e-waste crisis is the risk of toxic contamination for the environment and communities. In fact, delving into the many chemical and heavy metal materials that make up most electronic devices, it seems that toxins and electronics go hand in hand. Though many manufacturers of electronic devices are finding innovative ways to work around toxins found ...

  • Waste Fuel Case History

    The Customer The company engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of machinery for decomposing petroleum-based materials. The company uses microwave technology for recovering hydrocarbons and fossil fuels from sources, such as tires, oil shale, capped wells, coal, automotive shredded residue, municipal solid waste, shale deposits, and waste oil streams. The ...

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