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VIDEO: Dong Energy New Enzymatic Process for Biogas from Mixed MSW

VIDEO: New Enzymatic Process for Biogas from Mixed MSW

WMW attended the unveiling of Dong Energy’s new enzyme technology to treat mixed MSW and recover the organic fraction for biogas production while cleaning recyclables.

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Crab Shells Used to Recycle Metals from PCB Manufacturing Waste

Crab Shells Used to Recycle Metals from PCB Manufacturing Waste

Invotec has joined a project to use wastes from the seafood industry to recycle metals from PCB and manufacturing wastes.

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 Composite Material Recycling Pilot Plant to Use Micro-Emulsions in Germany

Composite Material Recycling Pilot Plant to Use Micro-Emulsions in Germany

Saperatec is commissioning a facility capable of recycling of composite packaging materials, solar PV panels and lithium-ion batteries in Bielefeld, Germany.

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Alter NRG Plasma Gasification Plant Commissioned for Treating Incinerator Ash in China

Plasma Gasification Plant Commissioned for Treating Incinerator Ash in China

Alter NRG has commissioned the Westinghouse Plasma torches used at a new incinerator ash vitrification facility in Shanghai, China.

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Biodiesel & Food Waste Composting as Super Bowl XLVIII is Greenest Ever

Biodiesel & Food Waste Composting as Super Bowl XLVIII is Greenest Ever

Food waste from last night’s Super Bowl is already being composted, while waste cooking oil is being used to produce Biodiesel.

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Dr. Richard Coulton, CEO of Siltbuster explains how waste and recycling companies can minimise the impact of the likely change to landfill tax rules that will see charges for disposing of trommel fines rise from £2.50 per tonne to £80.

Landfill Tax Hike for Trommel Fines... A Wake Up Call

Dr. Richard Coulton explains how waste and recycling companies can minimise the impact of the change to landfill tax that will see charges for trommel fines rise to £80 per tonne.

Julian Heyworth, MD of Meltog, explains why the waste and recycling industry should be more proactive in communicating its achievements to encourage an inflow of investment and talent. Waste management has come a long way since Steptoe and Son (a 1960’s British sitcom about a father and son rag and bone business), yet perceptions of the sector as ‘dirty’ and ‘low skilled’ persist.  What is now an industry featuring thriving businesses, increasingly needing highly-skilled engineers and operators, showcasing the latest in technology as well as contributing to sustainability, is sadly misconstrued. Why does this matter? At least two very good reasons. People First, employees. I am not sure for how much of the sector I may speak, but Meltog certainly isn’t looking for low-skilled staff. Talented apprentices, yes, experienced engineers, yes, business development professionals, yes. It would seem, however, that the evolution of an industry that has in its past ‘rag and bone’ men has gone rather unnoticed. It is not some form of inappropriate pride or pomposity in my making this point, it is the concern that if the next generation of workers are not convinced of the calibre of the sector it will soon be struggling to attract  the best employees. This will effect not only the technical departments, but also aspects of customer service and marketing. If the reputation of the industry is left to chance it is almost certain that development will be compromised.  Finance The second reason that the way the industry is perceived is money. Growing businesses need investors, and investors will inevitably be drawn to the thought-leaders, the savvy marketers who have taken trouble to ensure that they are talked about favourably.  The waste management industry has magnificently cracked the meat of this task - that of actually having skills and success to talk about - but I think we are missing the subtlety of communicating this effectively. We need to learn to speak the language, engage with the wider community, inspire with our achievements and lobby more. The part of the recycling sector that is concerned with brightly coloured collection bins and posters urging consumer action seems to do much better reputation-wise.  The question is, how many people (and I tentatively include the majority of businesspeople here) have an understanding or interest in what happens next?  It is up to us to put the personality into the image of waste management. Julian Heyworth, managing director of waste management machinery manufacturer Meltog   Read More  Landfill Tax Hike for Trommel Fines... A Wake Up Call Dr. Richard Coulton explains how waste and recycling companies can minimise the impact of the change to landfill tax that will see charges for trommel fines rise to £80 per tonne. What Next for WEEE? Following a recast of the WEEE Directive for household and non-household WEEE collection, January 1, 2014 will see the UK adopt a ‘collection target and compliance fee’ system. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Challenge Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle explains some of the market factors impacting the collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries.

Waste Management: Raising the Profile, Raising the Game

Julian Heyworth, MD of Meltog, explains why the waste and recycling industry should be more proactive in communicating its achievements to encourage an inflow of investment and talent.

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