Waste Company Transformed to a Power Station

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Every day, 600 trucks full of garbage arrive. Sometimes they transport special waste, such as out of date fire extinguishers, waste from hospitals, old refrigerators or electricity cables. Two people are fulltime disassembling extinguishers.

‘Waste is great! “Susanna van der Heide calls from the Waste and Energy Company (AEB) in Amsterdam.

AEB transformed from a company for waste incineration into a commodity and energy company.

New products, including energy are made out of bags full of garbage and other waste.

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The circular, green, future in 2050

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The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused.
A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).

The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.

But the road getting there will not be easy.

The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.

We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

This is why we should clean up our debris

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You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.

A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.

Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.

Why do we have to clean up our rubbish

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Solar Panels can be recycled

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The silicon cells can be re-cycled as raw material for new solar cells

For silicon PV modules, the recycling process consists of multiple steps.

ReMedia (Milano) is an Italian consortium that handles Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as well as end-of-life batteries and accumulators. Read More

Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool

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The green economy as an integrating framework for policies on material use

Compost is a perfect organic source which helps conserve water, according to the University of California.

For example: if governments add compost to sandy soil, the soil will hold more water, making urban water management easier at a sustainable way. Read More

How can we make our economy circular and resource efficient?

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Circular Economy: reduce, remanufacture, repair, reuse, recycle your waste

Guided by diverse policies, European countries have improved waste management.
The manufacturing and service sector waste declined by about a quarter in 2004– 2012, while municipal waste generation fell 2 %.
Along with increased recycling, these trends helped reduce landfilling

Nevertheless, progress to EU waste targets is mixed. Achieving the EU’s long-term objective of establishing a circular economy will require far-reaching technological, behavioral and organizational changes.
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Unilever needs no landfills anymore

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It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.

Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD. 

Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More

Heat exchangers for the industry save 60% energy

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Depending on the chosen system, up to 60% of savings can be achieved: in general a payback of between 1 and 5 years.

In industry, lots of hot water is used for cleaning. Hot water of 60 to 80 ° C is very common. During the industrial process a lot of heat flows directly with the wastewater into the sewer.

What a waste of energy! With Regain heat exchangers, heat can be recovered from wastewater. Read More

Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

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The key to this form of permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living. Read More

Research: 30 times more Plastic in Oceans by 2025

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Seals struggle with all the waste that pollutes their environment

For the first time, it’s calculated how much plastic ends in the oceans: at least 5 billion tons a year.

Nineteen times more than thought.

Without measures, the plastic soup will increased thirty times in 2025! For certain marine animal populations, almost every animal has plastic in its stomach.

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E-waste – recycling optimization

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Valuable materials like copper, silver, gold etc. can be recycled from electronics like computers, cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Sims Recycling Solutions provides the most efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible electronics reuse and recycling services possible.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can be recycled to valuable materials  like copper, silver, gold, metals and recycled plastics. 

This video showcases sophisticated shredding and separation technologies that offer unsurpassed recycling capabilities. Read More