Tuesday, 8 July 2014

That Cup

Have a close look at the jerseys.........

They are made from recycled plastic bottles - 18 per jersey.  Pretty impressive.  The England team also wore strip made by Nike from recycled bottles in some of their games. And here are a few other interesting snippets from the World Cup:

  • The organisers expected each match would generate about 5 tons of recyclable waste.
  • 850 'catadores', or rubbish pickers have been recruited and trained to sift through those 5 tons, separating out anything that can be reused or recycled, sending the materials collected to 300 trash pickers' cooperatives for sorting.  
  • The main recyclable item collected are cans, and Brazil saves 98% of them from landfill, way above the European average of 67%.
  • Many Brazilians bought new TV's to tune into the World Cup as tickets were so expensive, and by the end of this year the country will have between 18-20 million more TV's.

So...enjoy the finals!


organizers expect each match to generate around five tons of recyclable waste based on the experience of last year's Confederations Cup.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-brazil-world-cup-recycling.html#jCp
organizers expect each match to generate around five tons of recyclable waste based on the experience of last year's Confederations Cup.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-brazil-world-cup-recycling.html#jCp
organizers expect each match to generate around five tons of recyclable waste based on the experience of last year's Confederations Cup.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-brazil-world-cup-recycling.html#jCp

organizers expect each match to generate around five tons of recyclable waste based on the experience of last year's Confederations Cup.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-brazil-world-cup-recycling.html#jCp

Monday, 5 May 2014

DIY Data Removal

Last year a survey conducted by a business waste disposal company came up with a very interesting statistic, claiming that 95% of all UK computer waste went to landfill; or put another way, of the 500 firms interviewed only 5% said they had strategies for environmentally proper disposal of their electronic waste.  While you are reeling, let us tell you a story.

Some years ago, we were removing a batch of 300 PC's from a customer site and had arranged for  resale of the computers to get best financial return for our customer.  Having loaded all the units on to the artic, there was a series of hasty anxious conversations between the warehouse manager and the IT manager.  We were then asked to unload all of the systems, as someone higher up the ladder was suddenly very concerned about data removal.  Several days later, and considerable customer man hours later after they had some of their technical guys remove all the drives, we returned with the artic.  Needless to say, resale value dived, their personnel costs rocketed and our costs to them for removal doubled owing to the additional trip. 

The main reason for the alarming statistic about landfill lies in the understandably nervous approach some IT managers have about the disposal of their data, with concerns over confidential data landing up in the possession of unscrupulous and opportunistic individuals.  There are enough apocryphal stories about personal data ending up in the public domain because someone somewhere did not properly check the disposal process. As a result of this quite a few companies, and indeed some of our clients as in the story above, have taken the decision to remove drives or otherwise conduct their own data removal prior to disposal.  

This may give a degree of comfort to the organisation, having done the data removal themselves, however there are factors that should be taken into consideration before the decision to do this is made.  Firstly the issue of additional time and resources that have to be allocated to complete any such data removal process on-site; secondly,  the concomitant drop in resale value of the equipment meaning less return to the business, impacting on budget considerations. 

Every business should be able to use a responsible waste management company to handle their WEEE and who can evidence environmentally compliant and secure disposal.  Here at CRF we work to make our client's lives easier and to be secure in the knowledge that we have their interests at the core of our service.  If you want to know more about how we do this please do get in touch with us.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Glass makes bricks

Thousands of tons of CRT glass have been exported to the Netherlands where the glass is reprocessed and encapsulated into concrete construction blocks called - wait for it.... Legioblocks.  And these blocks are then sold back to the UK.

The export is authorised by the Environment Agency and several UK CRT processing firms are very upset stating this practice would not be allowed in the UK, where the law stipulates that the CRT glass must be reprocessed in the UK to BATRRT (best available treatment recovery and recycling techniques).  It seems the Legioblocks fall below British reprocessing guidelines and yet they are sold back to us.

The Environment Agency is defending its stance on the export to the Netherlands company - a spokesman saying "Once waste is turned into blocks it is not a waste product, as such it is not subject to waste regulations.”

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

WEEE Collection Targets for 2014

BIS has sent proposals for the basis of calculating WEEE collection targets to compliance schemes which favour targets based on previous year's figures.

The Department is leaning towards this as a basis saying that this method is most likely to fit with the changing growth or decline in tonnage collected over the preceding year.  The anticipated tonnage would therefore be around 490,000 of WEEE in 2014 representing a 3% rise on 2013's collection. 

BIS perceive that this method will most accurately account for technological changes, the trading and economic climate and other variables affecting the WEEE marketplace.