Names of recycling companies in the world
The World Economic Forum and the Young Global Leaders Group, in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, recognized the best of them in The Circulars Awards. There were 450 applicants from 45 countries. These are the 12 winners:
This Australian company has spent more than a decade recovering value from old printer cartridges and soft plastics. This innovation turns these materials into roads. The products are mixed with asphalt and recycled glass to make a better quality road surface that lasts up to 65% longer than traditional asphalt. For every kilometer of road laid, the equivalent of 530,000 plastic bags, 168,000 glass bottles and the waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges is used. Instead of ending up in a landfill, all that waste is given new life and gets us where we need to go.
This U.S. firm’s EcoVolt technology treats wastewater contaminated by industrial processes, not only turning it into clean water, but even producing biogas that can be used to generate clean energy. Cambrian Innovation has nine plants in the United States, which have treated approximately 300 million liters of wastewater.
Companies that recycle plastic bottles
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Ford Motor Company works with partners like Repreve so that objects such as plastic bottles do not end up in landfills. The bottles that Repreve recycles end up in the Ford Focus electrical system.
UPS’s 3,300 U.S. stores offer a laptop repair service for customers who want to have their laptops repaired. Unserviceable laptops are refurbished and resold, and the rest are sold to e-waste recyclers.
Companies dedicated to recycling
Containers to distribute waste in plastic (yellow container), glass (green container) and paper or cardboard (blue container), for subsequent recycling. City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In shopping malls, measures have been implemented such as ponds that serve to recycle objects or tools that end up as highly polluting waste, but that will be sent to special places to be recycled.
Recyclable materials are many, and include all paper and cardboard, glass, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, some plastics, fabrics and textiles, wood and electronic components. In other cases it is not possible to recycle due to the technical difficulty or high cost of the process, so the material or products are usually reused to produce other materials and used for other purposes, such as energy recovery.
It is important to analyze the ways in which the environment is affected. We refer to environmental impacts, the possible negative effects on the environment, caused by the flow of raw materials, energy or emissions, which were structured under the denomination of polluting vectors, synthetically they are:
Plastic recycling companies
“These revealing figures show that, in Colombia, plastics recycling is a larger and more sophisticated market than you might think. If we add up these 200 companies, plus the others in Bogota and the rest of the country that were not included in the study, we find a very encouraging result. Recycling is definitely projected as a real and tangible solution to the environmental challenge of plastic waste, as well as a great employment and social development opportunity for Colombia,” said Daniel Mitchell, president of Acoplasticos.
Of the 200 companies identified and surveyed through direct visits, 116 transform post-consumer plastic waste into final products (toiletries, furniture, toys, packaging, flooring, bags, hoses, plastic wood, among others) and 84 into raw materials (granules, pellets and fiber for industry) that are subsequently marketed to industrialists to manufacture new products.
This is the first study in Colombia on the recycling market in Bogotá, which also identified that, of the 200 companies, 104 buy post-consumer plastic from sectors such as restaurant chains, clinics, retailers, marketplaces and laboratories; 90 companies buy the material from recyclers and 8 companies collect plastic waste directly. No company imports recycled material for its transformation processes.