Here’s the Waste Robotics Market News including the 10 key news of this week in waste and recycling industries.
New Report : Global Food Waste Management: An Implementation Guide for Cities
May 24th 2018 – Globally, about one third of all food produced is lost or wasted along the management chain, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues, wasting tremendous resources in the production processes, and making recyclable materials in the waste stream harder to recover. As the human population urbanises and grows, cities have an opportunity to build on experiences from around the world to reduce their food waste footprint, recover nutrients from food waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy generation and improve their overall waste management systems.
Read more via World Biogas Association
ESA report analyses how UK councils can meet Circular Economy Package recycling targets
May 24th 2018 – Over half of councils could meet the 60% recycling target set by the Circular Economy Package if they made changes to their collection systems, according to the ESA. In a new report written by Ricardo, ‘An economic assessment and feasibility study of how the UK could meet the Circular Economy Package recycling targets’, the ESA argued councils could meet the targets if they reduced the frequency of waste collections.
Vietnam Temporarily Suspends Scrap Plastic Imports
May 25th 2018 – Nearly three weeks after China announced a one-month suspension on U.S. scrap imports, Vietnam has announced that it’s also temporarily suspending scrap plastic imports. Vietnam’s suspension will begin on June 25 and last until October 15. A letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT), which was obtained by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), states that the temporary stop of scrap plastic imports is due to “overcapacity” at the Tan Cang-Cat Lai Terminal that’s causing backups and delays.
Could Lifecycle Models Impact Big Change?
May 23rd 2018 – A lifecycle model, adapted from a model that primarily researchers use to evaluate solid waste practices, is rolling out to the public. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a user-friendly version that’s free to local and state governments and others—even though lifecycle thinking challenges how the agency has encouraged them to manage their trash. As lifecycle models and tools become more commonplace, they could continue to disrupt the industry, as well as how goods producers operate.
End Market Options for Cartons are Expanding
May 24th 2018 – Many recyclers are struggling with how to adjust to China’s waste import ban and contamination standard, as many commodities are in danger of being landfilled due to a lack of end markets. But for food and beverage cartons, end market options are growing along with opportunities for recycling. Since its inception in 2009, the Carton Council of North America has encouraged owners of materials recycling facilities (MRFs) to separate cartons into Grade #52. Because of this effort, China has never been a market for post-consumer carton loads coming from the U.S., making cartons a valuable commodity with a growing number of end markets.
Suez waste company calls for ‘pay-as-you-throw’ to help recycling
May 27th 2018 – A “pay-as-you-throw” system for household rubbish should be introduced by 2030, one of the UK’s biggest waste firms has said. Suez said weighing domestic waste with microchip technology in bins would help drive a revolution in recycling. The firm says that all packaging sold in the UK should have to be 50% recycled by 2025. A YouGov poll for the firm also found that Britons cite fast food packaging as the main cause of litter. The report by Suez, which employs more than 5,000 people in the UK and handles 10 million tonnes of waste a year, also calls for widespread refundable deposit schemes for packaging, especially for bottles and cans.
PAYS TO BE GREEN Here’s how you can get paid to recycle plastic bottles in Iceland’s ‘Reverse Vending Machine’
May 26th 2018 – SHOPPERS at one Iceland store are the first in the country to get cashback from their plastic bottles. Bosses are trialling the Reverse Vending Machines at its store in Fulham, London. The frozen food specialist says it is leading the way by introducing the Deposit Return Scheme. It will test out use of the machines for six months. Reverse Vending Machines reward people for recycling by providing money or vouchers in return for empty containers.
New Chinese Environmental Policy Hits Vermont Recycling Programs
May 25th 2018 – Recycling costs are going up for Chittenden County residents as the region’s municipal waste authority adjusts to a sharp decline in the sale value of paper recyclables. The Chittenden Solid Waste District increased the tipping fee — the charge for haulers who bring recycling to its Williston facility — on May 1. Another increase is likely soon, possibly in the next few months. Some haulers have already decided to pass the increase on to consumers.
NEW Zoo recycling program proves successful
May 24th 2018 – We all try to do our part by recycling, but an everyday item many think is meant for the recycling bin – can’t be recycled that way. “A lot of people don’t realize that, and it’s not something that you can throw in with your curbside recycling, with bottles and cans and such,” says Tricia Schuchart, a zookeeper at the NEW Zoo. Schuchart is referencing everyday plastic bags, the kind often picked up at the grocery store. Instead of placing them in with recycling, they actually belong in a separate section.
Tesco Seeks To Develop ‘Closed Loop’ Packaging Recycling System
May 24th 2018 – Tesco has announced its ambition to develop what it describes as a ‘closed loop’ system in its operations to address waste and recycling issues. At an event hosted by IGD, Tesco said that it is pledging to: remove, reduce and redesign packaging materials and their use; improve recovery and recycling, ideally working with government on a national recycling infrastructure; and work to raise awareness and educate in order to change customer behaviour.
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