Current news from SAR and the Recycling Industry

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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