Reusing a computer is up to 20 times more energy efficient than recycling it. Every year around 1 million tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are generated in Spain. Most of these wastes are recycled or burned, despite the fact that 33% of the electronic devices that are collected and intended for recycling […]
NCH Europa has launched a new wastewater treatment system of two parts that is 1000 times more powerful than standard powder or liquid bacterial formulations. The BioAmp system works in conjunction with NCH´s FreeFlow products, in the delivery of twelve species of active and safe bacteria for food in flow systems.
The Covertech system ensures that municipal solid waste (MSW) becomes dry matter with a high calorific power, ready to act as solid recovered fuel (CSR) in industries whose energy dependence is very high, such as cement or electric. Specifically, Covertech Biodry improves PCI (lower calorific value) of the residue up to 70% through biodrying.
In 2015 a total of 4,178 tons of batteries and accumulators waste were collected by the various systems involved in such activity, as is the case of the Ecolec Foundation or the Ecopilas Foundation. This amount represents a degree of compliance with the objective of 36.73%
Art can also exist in the burning of waste. It is the aim of the Amagerforbrænding power plant in Copenhagen (Denmark). Instead of covering industrial processes, the plant transforms the smoke emitted into a giant ring for each 250 kg of CO2 produced. This is meant to make the Danes aware of what the air pollution is.
The Spanish steel industry´s export efforts have enabled this sector to recycle 10.6 million tons of scrap in 2014, of which 5 million are imported, making the country one of Europe’s great leaders in steel recycling along with Italy and Germany, and the first in Spain by volume over all other recycled materials.
Chemists in the Belgian university KU Leuven have developed an innovative process based on ionic liquid technology to recycle the metal "europium" (an extremely scarce solid metal in nature) and "yttrium" (a rare earth although very abundant) used in fluorescent and low consumption lamps. These metals can be reused in new lamps.
Every inhabitant of the EU uses an average of 198 plastic bags a year, one bag per family per day, with differences between member countries, from 4 bags per person per year in Denmark and Finland to 466 in Poland, Portugal and Slovakia. This situation raises concerns among the EU and Plastics Europe, an association gathering the plastics sector in the EU.
Several Latin American countries have become aware of the importance of the management of electrical and electronic equipment waste (EEEW). Thus, Colombia and the Spanish company Pronet ISE have signed a partnership agreement to manage electronic waste in the country, a decision that opens the door to other Latin American countries for the company.