EU produces 2,5 billion tons of waste every year. 8 million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the oceans every year. That is the same as a garbage truck emptying its load into the ocean every minute. Pictures of overloaded landfills and islands of waste various places in the world.
The indications are many that the consumption is getting out of hand, and the idea of recycling materials instead of dumping them in landfills is not an active part of how we think and act. We all know that extracting raw materials highly affects the environment and increase energy consumption and CO2-emission.
But what can we actually do to change our behavior, and assure a future planet where we can still have a good life. This is where circular economy plays an important part, both as the new trend it is and as a general structure of our production and consumption.
The circular economy is, in all of its simplicity, about keeping materials and products in the economic circuit with the highest possible value for as long as possible. First of all, there is a great environmental win in reusing and upgrading scarce resources, such as metals and polymers and leaving biologically degradable materials to go back into nature’s circuit. Furthermore, the circular economy is simply a great business case for both production companies and consumers.
It means, for example, that the consumer gets useful and innovative products cheaper when prolonging the life cycle, and at the same time production companies can earn money from selling used materials for recycling and other companies can buy these materials and with this recycled materials produce new products cheaper (1. European Parliament).
So – how do we do this?
RUNI A/S is one of the companies that deliver technology and infrastructure to this new development and structure in society. Plastic might be known for not being very recyclable, but actually, businesses who has plastic waste (foam materials (airpop/EPS), EPP, EPE, XPS, plastic bags, bottles, cosmetic containers, juice/milk cartons or alike) or metallic waste (aluminium cans or paint buckets) can compact and dewater these materials through a RUNI screw compactor and afterwards earn money on selling the materials, for them to be made into new products again.
The potential is enormous in restructuring to a circular economy. In Denmark it is estimated that a conversion to a circular economy in 2035 could increase GDP by up to 45 billion DKK, the net exports could be increased by 3-6 pct., the Danish CO2-emission could be reduced by 3-7 pct., and the consumption of new raw material in the production of selected materials could be reduced by up to 50 pct (2. Confederation of Danish Industry).
- The European Parliament, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/da/headlines/economy/20151201STO05603/den-cirkulaere- okonomi-definition-betydning-og-fordele
- Confederation of Danish Industry, https://www.danskindustri.dk/vi-radgiver-dig-ny/forretningsudvikling/gronne- forretningspotentialer/cirkular-okonomi/om-cirkular-okonomi/
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