British company pioneers machine that could revolutionise recycling by super-heating plastic until it turns to wax

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Read the article on the Daily Mail online here Swindon-based Recycling Technologies has created the RT7000 machine  Machine uses pyrolysis, which heats waste in an oxygen-free environment Breaks up plastic’s molecular structure, which creates a wax for new products A trial is being ran in the South West for tesco customers to bring in plastics Cling film and other hard to …

The human impact of single-use plastics on developing countries

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The impact of plastics on marine life has been well documented mainly due to what’s become known as the Blue Planet effect. “The effects of plastic pollution on human health however, is only now coming into sharper focus. In May, a report released by international relief and development agency Tearfund sounded a clear warning bell on these dangers. Significantly, its …

Melting down crisp packets and clingfilm could raise plastic recycling rates tenfold, say firms

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By Helena Horton, Read the article on The Telegraph here Robotic arms, artificial intelligence and a machine that can melt down crisp packets and cling film could all increase the UK’s recycling capabilities tenfold over the next decade. The new technologies are being trialled by some of the country’s biggest recycling companies as worries over the plastic waste crisis mount. …

Viridor to open £65M Plastic Recycling Plant in Avonmouth

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Resource management company Viridor is set to open the UK’s largest multi-polymer plastic recycling plant in Avonmouth, near Bristol, which will be powered by energy generated from its £252-million energy recovery facility currently under construction on the same site. “Viridor has described the project as a ‘world-class facility’ and an ‘early sign of Viridor’s continuing commitment to UK plastics conversion’, …

Technology Emerges to Tackle Hard-to-recycle Plastics

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Recycling Technologies recently launched a mixed plastics recycling initiative with Tesco to use its feedstock recycling process. “Feedstock recycling has become more globally applicable with places like the U.K. and U.S. looking at emerging technologies to recycle plastics.” “Recycling Technologies, a specialist recycling company based in Swindon, England, recently announced a mixed plastics recycling initiative with major British retailer Tesco using …

New Inventions Working Towards a Cleaner Ocean

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According to a study done by the University of Georgia, there is an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic trash entering the ocean every year.  Plus, if you add on the 1.3 million gallons of oil being spilled into the oceans, it is clear to say our world’s oceans are in a health crisis.   Now, how do we solve …

Interview with Dale Rautenbach for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers

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Closing the Plastics Cycle – A Review of Current Best Practice around the Whole Cycle…60 Seconds with Dale Rautenbach, Recycling Technologies ​Ahead of the forthcoming Closing the Plastics Cycle seminar, we caught up with Dale Rautenbach, Systems Engineer at Recycling Technologies. Dale explained her role and involvement with regards to the seminar, critical engineering challenges, what she is looking forward …

Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2019

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“April 2019 may well go down as a defining month in the ongoing battle to halt, and ultimately reverse climate change. Global climate strikes led by school children paved the way for the Extinction Rebellion protests to capture the interests of the UK public.” “In another plastics announcement, supermarket giant Tesco inked a deal with Swindon-based recycling firm Recycling Technologies, …