Lead threat in India; big new PET plant in US; advance in tyre recycling
Lead threatens India’s CRT workers
Unregulated cathode ray tube (CRT) recycling facilities in India, and end-users of products made from the glass, are facing an ‘immense health risk’ due to exposure to lead in the material, according to a study by the non-governmental group Toxics Link. It is estimated that more than 4.7 million CRTs were imported to India in 2012-13. The average CRT contains around 2kg of lead and leaded glass is commonly mixed with other glass to make new household products, thereby contaminating the entire glass recycling chain.
Satish Sinha, associate director at Toxics Link, said: “The CRT market is dwindling, but imports are not receding. This clearly points toward the possibility that countries are dumping used CRTs into India.”
Call for Nigeria to address waste
The Waste Management Society of Nigeria has decried the absence of waste management infrastructure that nationally could recycle 65 million tonnes of waste annually. Ruben Ossai, the national president of the society, said Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano as the cities that generate the highest amount of waste in the country: Port Harcourt generated 6,000 tonnes daily, while Kano 7,000 tonnes, Abuja 2,000 and Lagos 1,000 tonnes.
Huge new US plastics plant underway
CarbonLite Recycling has signed contracts for its new Texas plant, where investment in equipment and infrastructure will exceed $60m. The new plant will supply Nestlé’s bottling facilities near Dallas with recycled plastic for its bottles.
The 200,000-square-foot plant will annually recycle roughly 45,000 tonnes of beverage bottles into PET pellets that can be used to make new bottles. It will employ more than 100. The new plant’s front-end, bale-opening and bottle-sorting will be built by Bulk Handling Systems, using sorting modules from its NRT subsidiary.
New technology for clean and reusable rubber
Researchers at a Canadian university have discovered what is claimed to be a cost-effective way to recycle tyres and the first in the world not to use chemical solvents. The recycling technology was invented by Costas Tzoganakis, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, and has been developed by Tyromer Inc. Sam Visaisouk, Tyromer chief executive said: “It is the first time in the world that this is being done without the use of chemical solvents.”
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Australian industry supports new scheme for disposal of used tyres
Some of Australia’s leading tyre brands have signed up to a new programme designed to tackle the dumping of millions of old tyres. Managed by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme looks to develop new technologies and products for the use of end-of-life tyres. TSA claims to have brought together market competitors, tyre-using industries and gained the recognition of federal and state governments.
Warrants issued in connection with alleged $1m scam
Arrest warrants have been issued in relation to the alleged theft of more than $1m (£590,000) from a waste management company in Georgia. Police began an investigation in mid-April when Waste Management Inc. made a complaint regarding Willow Oak Landfill, which it owns, following an anonymous tip and a private investigation. The complaint alleged that an employee was accepting money and gifts from companies in exchange for altering the weight of the company trucks using the facility.
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World’s first 3D printed wrench from recycled ocean plastic
A Canadian company, Plastic Bank, has built the first-ever 3D-printed wrench made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The plastic was collected from the shorelines of Alaska, sorted and recycled and then taken to the University of British Columbia where it was shredded and turned into filament used for 3D printing. The filament was used at Plastic Bank’s headquarters in Vancouver to print a wrench.