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Palm Oil Wastewater
Palm oil wastewater is not only the highest yielding cheap vegetable oil on the earth but also a safe raw material for edible oils and daily chemicals, and a raw material for biofuel. As a raw material for edible vegetable oils, chemical raw materials and biofuel, palm oil has attracted worldwide attention in the process of ecological protection and industrial pollution. Palm oil mill effluent (POME)is a yellow liquid with a unique unpleasant smell and comes from oil extraction, cleaning and washing process in...
5 Misconceptions of Why Municipalities Should not Invest In Wastewater Reuse
In the current economic and political climate, municipalities are under immense pressure with regard to water reclamation. Balancing the physical and financial responsibility to provide affordable, clean, and reliable water to its constituents comes at a cost that for most, small to mid-sized municipalities, is hard to justify. However, municipalities have began to acknowledge the growing economic and environmental benefits they can receive by reusing the wastewater that they produce each day.Municipalities have...
Environmental & Economic
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a fundamental parameter in assessing air quality. The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported in 2018 that air pollution was the cause of almost 50,000 premature deaths in Europe per year. This finding pre-empted the head of the EEA agency stating "Air pollution is an invisible killer and we need to step up our efforts to address the causes”. Clearly preventing premature deaths is a priority and reducing air pollution could save millions of lives. Heavy...
Lead and Polypropylene Materials from Car Batteries - Case Study
Recycling areas: Various scrap Company name: MPI Recycling (MPI Reciklaža Metalurgija, plastika inženiring d.o.o.) Located: Črna na Koroškem, Slovenia Founded: 1990 Employees: 86 TAB is a Slovenian producer of lead acid flooded, VRLA AGM and VRLA Gel batteries. They run three modern production factories with approx. 900 employees. TAB was established in 1965 as a subsidiary of Rudnik Mežica Holding (Lead Mine Mežica Holding). TAB is also active within recycling through its subsidiary MPI...
Supply Chain Design Takes Center Stage at the 2019 Logistic Summit in Mexico
I just returned from the Logistics Summit & Expo 2019, the largest supply chain event in Mexico with over 2000 attendees and hundreds of more exhibitors. It was an action-packed event with a number of industry verticals and companies across US, Mexico, Central & South America, representatives from academia, industry consortia, and media in attendance. I was pleasantly surprised to find more conversations around Supply Chain Design in a variety of contexts and presentations. While planning and execution...