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Sustainability About The House: The Importance of Creating an Environmentally Friendly Property

Home usage and construction account for around 36 percent of global energy and as much as 39 percent of energy-related carbon emissions each year, according to the United Nations’ Environment Program. In the US, 40 percent of energy co
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Rebuilding the Circular Economy Following COVID-19

As we begin to restore our economy following the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to think about recycling and the circular economy, which is aimed at eliminating waste and the use of finite resources. The industry generates billions of d
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155 Global Corporations Urge World Leaders to Achieve a Net-Zero Recovery from Covid-19

155 companies have signed a statement backed by the UN Secretary General urging governments around the world to align their covid-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.

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Plastic Recyclers Europe sees dire situation

Plastic Recyclers Europe sees dire situation
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The Brussels-based Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE) organization says the demand for plastic scrap has been dramatically affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and much of Europe’s plastic recycling industry “is closing production due to the current market developments.”

According to PRE, “The major problems are the lack of demand due to the closure of converting plants and the record low prices of virgin plastics, as well as decreased activity globally.”

Comments Ton Emans, PRE president, “If the situation is to persist and no actions are taken to remedy the sector, plastics recycling will cease to be profitable, hampering the attainment of the EU recycling targets and putting in jeopardy the transition towards circular plastics. In such a case, recyclable plastic [scrap] will have no alternatives but to be sent to landfill or incineration.”

PRE says it foresees damage to the plastic recycling market as consisting of both “grave environmental consequences” and “far-reaching socioeconomic impacts due to the extensive employment in the [scrap] management value chain.”

The association says the EU and its member states should include recycling as a sector supported by economic recovery plans—a step that will be needed “to continue implementing the measures under the Circular Economy umbrella.”

Concludes PRE, “Safeguarding the positive developments within this market is essential to reduce Europe’s use of virgin plastics and, therefore, for the survival of the secondary raw materials market as well as further investments in the sector.”

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Source: Recycling Today
Plastic Recyclers Europe sees dire situation
<![CDATA[The Brussels-based Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE) organization says the demand for plastic scrap has been dramatically affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and much of Europe’s plastic recycling industry “is closing production due to the current market developments.”According to PRE, “The major problems are the lack of demand due to the closure of converting plants and the record low prices of virgin plastics, as well as decreased activity globally.”Comments Ton Emans, PRE president, “If the situation is to persist and no actions are taken to remedy the sector, plastics recycling will cease to be profitable, hampering the attainment of the EU recycling targets and putting in jeopardy the transition towards circular plastics. In such a case, recyclable plastic [scrap] will have no alternatives but to be sent to landfill or incineration.”PRE says it foresees damage to the plastic recycling market as consisting of both “grave environmental consequences” and “far-reaching socioeconomic impacts due to the extensive employment in the [scrap] management value chain.”The association says the EU and its member states should include recycling as a sector supported by economic recovery plans—a step that will be needed “to continue implementing the measures under the Circular Economy umbrella.”Concludes PRE, “Safeguarding…

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The Hospitality Industry Looks to Produce Zero Waste

Zero waste is a movement in the hospitality industry. It’s a great idea, but is it possible? U.S. restaurants generate 11.4 million tons of organic trash each year, at a cost of more than $ 25 billion. (ReFED) Progressive wine bars and restaurants ar
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Unpredictable Ordering Leads to Increased Food Waste

As we continue to social distance to flatten the COVID-19 curve, many of us are ordering takeout to support local businesses. New research by Just Eat and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) shows that £1.8bn worth of takeout is thrown away
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UAE temporarily suspends scrap exports

UAE temporarily suspends scrap exports
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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), based in Brussels, has alerted its members that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend exports of ferrous scrap and recovered paper beginning May 15 for four months. The association cites recent press reports as the source of the information.   

This measure is designed to strengthening the UAE domestic supply in the face of economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The ferrous grades in question appear to be all the major scrap grades, with the HS codes 720410, 720421, 720429, 720430, 720441, 720449 and 720450, the BIR reports. As for paper, the grades in question are 470710, 470720, 470730 and 470790.

According to U.K.-headquartered Kallanish Commodities, a business media organization that produces news, training and market intelligence for professionals who work in commodities, it has heard that the move is in response to a scrap shortage in UAE arising from the pandemic’s reduction on collection rates. “The three crude steelmakers in UAE are Emirates Steel and Arabian Gulf Industries, both located in Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah-based Shattaf Steel. Mills were reported to have reduced output in April as UAE economic activity slowed due to the COVID-19 lockdown,” the Kallanish article states.

Kallanish reports that the UAE exports around 1 million metric tons of ferrous scrap annually, with the majority going to India and Pakistan.

Fifty-one percent of the UAE’s recovered fiber exports in 2018 were shipped to India, according to data available on TrendEconomy.com.

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Source: Recycling Today
UAE temporarily suspends scrap exports
<![CDATA[The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), based in Brussels, has alerted its members that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will suspend exports of ferrous scrap and recovered paper beginning May 15 for four months. The association cites recent press reports as the source of the information.    This measure is designed to strengthening the UAE domestic supply in the face of economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak.The ferrous grades in question appear to be all the major scrap grades, with the HS codes 720410, 720421, 720429, 720430, 720441, 720449 and 720450, the BIR reports. As for paper, the grades in question are 470710, 470720, 470730 and 470790.According to U.K.-headquartered Kallanish Commodities, a business media organization that produces news, training and market intelligence for professionals who work in commodities, it has heard that the move is in response to a scrap shortage in UAE arising from the pandemic’s reduction on collection rates. “The three crude steelmakers in UAE are Emirates Steel and Arabian Gulf Industries, both located in Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah-based Shattaf Steel. Mills were reported to have reduced output in April as UAE economic activity slowed due to the COVID-19 lockdown,” the Kallanish article states.Kallanish reports that the…

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Deutsche Bank Earmarks $216.8 Billion for Sustainable Financing

Deutsche Bank plans to increase its volume of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) financing as well as its portfolio of sustainable investments under management to more than $ 216.4 billion by 2025.

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Global Banks’ Response to Climate Change is Inconsistent: Report

Climate change poses a threat to financial stability and the safety and soundness of global financial firms.

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Paper recycling rate at 66.2 percent in 2019

Paper recycling rate at 66.2 percent in 2019
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has announced that 66.2 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2019. The recycling rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) was 92.0 percent in 2019, and the three-year average OCC recycling rate has been 92.3 percent, AF&PA reports in a news release.

“Paper recycling continues to be an environmental success story. More than twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills, saving an average of 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space for each ton of paper recycled,” says Heidi Brock, AF&PA president and CEO. “This is a testament to consumer behavior and an industry commitment to paper recycling. AF&PA members continue to invest in manufacturing infrastructure that will allow us to recycle even more paper in the years ahead.”

According to the AF&PA, the U.S. paper industry has achieved a high recycling rate, meeting or exceeding 63 percent since 2009. 

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Source: Recycling Today
Paper recycling rate at 66.2 percent in 2019
<![CDATA[The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has announced that 66.2 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2019. The recycling rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) was 92.0 percent in 2019, and the three-year average OCC recycling rate has been 92.3 percent, AF&PA reports in a news release.“Paper recycling continues to be an environmental success story. More than twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills, saving an average of 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space for each ton of paper recycled,” says Heidi Brock, AF&PA president and CEO. “This is a testament to consumer behavior and an industry commitment to paper recycling. AF&PA members continue to invest in manufacturing infrastructure that will allow us to recycle even more paper in the years ahead.”According to the AF&PA, the U.S. paper industry has achieved a high recycling rate, meeting or exceeding 63 percent since 2009. ]]>

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