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2021-07-29 · 40 Mt of PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a thermoplastic from the polyester family, i.e. its monomers contain the ester functional group. It was patented in 1941. Keep reading >

2021-06-25 · Plastic production (in theory)

Plastics can be either synthetic or biobased. Synthetic plastics, classed as petrochemicals, are derived from fossil fuels, mostly from crude oil and natural gas. Keep reading >

2021-06-11 · Types of plastic

According to Plastics Europe, more than 368 million tonnes of plastic wete produced in 2019. Keep reading >

2021-06-11 · 100 Mt of PP

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic from the polyolefins group. The methyl group improves mechanical properties and thermal resistance, although the chemical resistance decreases. It was discovered in 1951. Keep reading >

2021-06-11 · Plastics

Here is a list of topics we've explored related to plastics. Keep reading >

2021-06-11 · Landfills and dumpsites

Here is a list of topics we've explored related to landfills and dumpsites. Keep reading >

2021-06-03 · Plastic waste

The main ways of processing plastic waste include recycling it back into plastic, producing new materials, producing plastic-derived liquid fuels, and using it as refuse derived fuel (RDF). Keep reading >

2021-06-03 · Recycling plastic into plastic

The plastic production process starts with base molecules which are turned into monomers, which are turned into polymers, which are turned into plastic pellets that are used to make plastic products. To recycle plastic waste into new plastic products, the material has to be broken down into one of these previous stages of the production process. The term physical recycling refers to plastic recycling methods where the polymers remain intact; chemical recycling refers to methods where the polymers are broken down. Keep reading >

2021-05-14 · Historic landfills in the UK

A historic landfill, according to the Environment Agency for England, is a closed landfill with no Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit or waste management licence currently in force. Keep reading >

2021-05-13 · Funding waste management projects

Here is an incomplete list of the different ways waste management projects can be funded. As we've just started working on this list, the entries appear in random order and many are still missing. The goal is to list as many existing funding mechanisms as possible, even if we don't endorse some of them. Keep reading >

2020-10-05 · Incineration

Incineration is a technical term for controlled combustion. Often referred to as burning, combustion is a high-temperature exothermic chemical reaction between a fuel and an oxidant, in this case waste and atmospheric oxygen. Heat and light energy is released during this reaction and transferred to the surroundings, hence it is called an exothermic reaction. Incineration is a thermal treatment method suitable for different types of waste. Municipal solid waste (MSW) and other non-hazardous waste can be readily incinerated. Keep reading >

2020-10-04 · Thermal treatment of waste

Thermal treatment methods significantly reduce the volume of the waste and destroy all pathogens present in it. These methods allow to recover the calorific value of the waste in a form of energy, hence they are often referred to as waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste. Incineration, waste combustion in the presence of oxygen, is the only method currently widely used on an industrial scale. Keep reading >

2020-08-19 · Waste management challenges are urgent

Today 2.6 billion people that have no access to waste collection services faced a choice of what to do with their waste. Today 32,877 tonnes of plastic waste ended up in our oceans. The damage done in the past 24 hours will have long lasting effects. The good news is that this can be changed. If we postpone implementing the necessary changes to waste management systems around the globe, they will not become any easier to implement but the benefits of doing so will be diminished by the previously accumulated irreversible damage. That is why it is important to act now. Keep reading >