Current news from SAR and the Recycling Industry

Consumption of non-ferrous metals like copper and aluminium would contract significantly this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said rating agency Icra.

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Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo, the world’s top three plastic polluters according to a yearly brand audit by NGO Break Free From Plastic, have struggled for decades to increase the share of recycled plastic in their packaging.

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A new investigation by NPR and PBS Frontline reveals that for decades, executives in the oil and plastic industries invested millions of U.S. dollars into misleading the public about the recycling of plastics. As a good citizen, you sort your trash, thinking that the plastic will be recycled to reduce pollution. Unfortunately, all that effort might be in vain.

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In 2018, China enacted its "National Sword" policy, effectively banning the import of most waste plastics and materials heading for the nation's recycling processors in an attempt to stop the wave of soiled and contaminated materials that were overwhelming the country's processing facilities and threatening it with a major environmental problem.

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Shipbreaking is among the most dangerous jobs in the world, according to the International Labour Organisation. This is the process of breaking up huge old ships into spare parts. It almost always happens in developing countries and comes with an unacceptably high level of fatalities, injuries and work-related diseases.

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Cardboard recycling is a really profitable and it just so happens that there's an illegal market for it.

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Covid lockdown has caused recycling businesses to slow down their operations

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Barriers between car and bike lanes are notoriously ineffective—if they exist at all.

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Fast fashion is leading to a mountain of clothing being thrown away each year and has a huge impact on the environment, so can we turn our unwanted garments into something useful?

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Scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats and gets its calories from metal, after suspecting they exist for more than a hundred years but never proving it.

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A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new report

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A new study led by Yeongran Hong of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology involves a chemical with an impressive affinity for gold. Subject some circuit boards to an acid treatment to release its materials and this stuff will gather up all the dissolved gold. And after it lets go of that gold, it’s ready to be used again.

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Amazon said Tuesday its carbon footprint rose 15% last year, even as it launched initiatives to reduce its harm on the environment.

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Today, the average person owns three to four electronic devices. But what happens after these devices become obsolete and replaced?

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The global medical waste management market was valued at EUR 14 billion (US$ 16 billion) last year. ‘The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has only increased the importance of proper medical waste disposal with market players stretching for gains,’ according to market analysts at Fact.MR.

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Obsolete electronics generate millions of tons of waste each year—but blockchain could help close the holes in the circular economy.

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The complicated unanticipated consequences of sheltering in place could slow down how quickly we can stop the disease.

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The economic disruption and plummeting new car sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic, related lockdown restrictions and other measures add to the uncertainty in the auto market. New car registrations in the UK declined 97% in April 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.

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Butterfly wings inspired this innovation that can remove air pollutants better and more cheaply than existing technology

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Locked inside the old phones, laptops, printers, kitchen goods, televisions and other devices we have lying around are valuable metals and minerals. These are the same essential natural resources that our modern world is dependent upon.

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‘A huge step forward.’ Mutant enzyme could vastly improve recycling of plastic bottles

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Contingency plans to deal with waste are being put in place by waste management companies and local authorities in light of the growing coronavirus crisis.

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Chinese paper companies are opening offices in the U.S. in an attempt to gather and export recycled pulp, instead of the raw recyclable materials.

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‘Metal scrap shipping to China is getting released by customs as usual, but smelters are facing a paralysed logistics system and operation problems,’ says David Chiao, president of US-based Uni-All Group.

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Many facilities lack the ability to process ‘mixed plastics’, a category of waste that has virtually no market as new products

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Catalytic converters live toward the end of your exhaust system just before the tailpipe (usually). They take harmful gasses that are the result of the combustion process and turn them into less harmful gasses via chemical reactions before releasing them into the atmosphere. But a bad catalytic converter causes more trouble than just increased emissions — it will affect performance, sometimes to the point of a no-start condition. While they are usually dependable parts with long lifespans, they are not infallible, and knowing different diagnostic procedures can help you get to the bottom of things.

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A former sand mining pool next to a main water source for Kedah and Penang is now filled with e-waste, raising concerns of a looming pollution crisis amid a water shortage caused by the current dry spell in the region.

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The European Union has long been trying to standardize the chargers and connectors use in smartphones, particularly to fight the increasing amount of chargers and accessories wasted because of incompatible technologies. Now it seems to be on the verge of formally drafting rules that would force Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. Unsurprisingly, the company is pushing back, claiming that the effects of such a regulation would actually result in the very situation that the EU is trying to avoid.

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The proposal could save costs and thousands of tons of electronic waste, advocates say, but previous measures have fizzled

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From December 5th, 2019, a new Article in the Basel Convention will become law. Croatia’s deposit of ratification of the 1995 Basel Ban Amendment on the 6th of September will now see the dumping of hazardous waste from member states of the EU, OECD and Liechtenstein prohibited. A total of 97 countries have now ratified the ban and most importantly the required ¾ of the parties that were present and voting in 1995. The new agreement will enter into force for the 97 countries in 90 days’ time, it has been hailed as a landmark agreement for global environmental justice.

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SUEZ has warned that more waste could be sent to landfill in the event of a no-deal Brexit, there are concerns that a no-deal result will disrupt the export of millions of tonnes of waste to the EU, seeing it sent to landfill instead. At present, the UK exports three million tonnes of domestic waste to the EU annually, where it is either used for recycling or used as RDF.

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A slowing global economy and rising fears over trade wars have produced steep changes in the value of scrap metals in obsolete electronics. Some prices have risen handsomely while others have fallen sharply.

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A new inquiry has been launched by MPs into e-waste and the potential development of a circular economy to circumvent an electronic waste crisis.

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The Scottish government has met its annual tree planting targets for the first time.

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Malaysia has announced it will be returning 3,000 tonnes of contaminated non-recyclable plastic waste to nations including the UK, Australia, the US and Canada. The country has stressed that it no longer wishes to be the dumping ground for rich nations.

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2019 sees a new chapter for the James Giddings Rallying team! After all the success that 2018 brought, James will be driving the Castrol Fiesta R2, as part of the prize for winning the 2018 MRF Tyres Fiesta ST Trophy. The prize also includes support from MRF Competition tyres, and a set of racing overalls courtesy of Vital equipment and Torq racewear. The R2 class has for years been one of the most competitive classes in rallying, and provides a good step up on the ladder of opportunity. For 2019 James will be using the car in the Rallye R2 Cup, which runs along the BTRDA series.

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Many millions of tonnes of televisions, phones and other electronic equipment are discarded each year, despite them being a rich source of metals. But now e-waste mining has the potential to become big business.

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Police have warned gangs are stripping cars of catalytic converters with some jacking up vehicles in broad daylight to steal valuable metal. Thieves are cashing in on lucrative prices for rhodium, palladium and platinum in the devices.

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