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Electric vehicles: battery overload | Financial Times
A conservative eight-year estimate of battery life could mean 1.1m batteries or 274,000 tonnes of material — metals such as nickel and cobalt — globally in need of recycling or re-use by 2025. That could rise to more than 3m units or 800,000 tonnes in 2026. This would dwarf current recycling capacity, estimated at 85,000 tonnes per year evenly split between Europe and China.

A new 20,000-tonne recycling facility could cost up to $200m and take at least five years to design and build, analysts estimate. Groups such as Umicore of Belgium, with existing capacity of 7,500 tonnes, should begin expanding in the next few years. Safe disposal of waste is an necessary speed bump to a hopeful, rapid take-up of electric vehicles.
recycling  batteries  cars  waste 
7 weeks ago by badeconomist
Responsible recycling: Where do B.C’s collected materials go? | Vancouver Sun
The vast majority of plastic (containers, bags and overwrap) is processed in Metro Vancouver and turned into pellets and flakes that are sold to the plastics industry. However, some of the white foam packaging that is recycled is sent to a company in Malaysia that breaks it down and sends the processed material to its facility in China, which turns it into picture frames.

“It’s an extremely small amount — less than one per cent of the total plastic collected goes overseas,” Lefebvre said. “We’re also starting to shift to an end market in Metro Vancouver as well for that white foam.” Lefebvre was unable to say what volume or weight of foam is sent overseas.

Glass from B.C. households is shipped to Abbotsford to be processed into new bottles, and to Quesnel, where it is made into sandblast materials.

Metal containers are sold to markets in B.C., Ontario and the U.S., where they can be made into new packaging or sheet metal.

Paper is sold to companies in B.C. and the U.S., as well as overseas. B.C. used to send most of its paper to China, however starting Jan. 1, 2018, the country banned some imports of waste, including plastic and paper.
recycling  bc  plastic 
may 2019 by badeconomist
The losing economics of recycling: Canada’s green industry is deep in the red - National |
And yet, even aluminum isn’t immune to an industry whose profits are plunging. “Last year this time, we were selling it for about $1,900 a tonne,” said Bluewater Recycling Association president Francis Veilleux. “This year, it’s closer to $1,300 to $1,400 a tonne.”
recycling  waste 
may 2019 by badeconomist
The US, Japan, Europe and Hong Kong have yet to wake up to China’s trash import ban | South China Morning Post
A research team from the University of Georgia in the United States has calculated that China has taken in more than 45 per cent of the world’s plastic waste since 1992, and over a half of some other forms of solid waste. China imported more than six million tonnes of trash just in 2016, in addition to producing more than 50 million tonnes itself. If such trends continue, China’s imported trash ban could leave up to 111 million tonnes of plastic waste stranded, come 2030.

The reality is that, for the better part of the past three decades, as countries like Japan and Germany were boasting to the world about the radical new initiatives they were taking to recycle their waste and reduce pollution, their dirty little secret was that the vast majority of their nasty waste was simply being shipped to China.

Through 2016, before China’s import ban came into force, US recyclers employing over 155,000 people exported 37 million tonnes of waste, worth US$16.5 billion – and one-third of this went to China, amounting to 4,000 shipping containers per day. One California recycler alone – with the suspiciously Chinese name of America Chung Nam – sent out 333,900 containers as exports. At home, the US recycled just 9 per cent of its plastic waste, with most simply going into landfills.
waste  china  recycling 
december 2018 by badeconomist
The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the US to get serious about recycling at home
Less than 10 percent of discarded plastics entered the recycling stream in the United States in 2015, compared with 39.1 percent in the European Union and 22 percent in China. Another 15 percent of U.S. plastic waste is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. The remaining 75 percent goes to landfills. These figures do not include any dumping or illegal disposal.
plastic  recycling  waste 
september 2018 by badeconomist
Tire recycling firm launches legal petition against B.C. government | Vancouver Sun
Crumb Rubber Manufacturers Inc. recycles old tires into rubber products used in asphalt, sports fields and playground mulch. It has been trying to crack the B.C. market since 2014, but has been repeatedly rejected by Tire Stewardship B.C., an industry association that operates the province’s tire-recycling program. 

Only two processors are allowed to recycle tires in B.C. since the program was set up in 2007: Lehigh Northwest Cement incinerates tires for fuel — a practice the petition describes as “environmentally damaging” — while Western Rubber Products recycles them into crumb rubber and coloured landscaping mulch. Both companies receive incentives from TSBC to burn or recycle the tires. 
waste  recycling  marketpower  bc 
may 2017 by badeconomist
The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle - CityLab
Now those bottles are likely to end up in Riverside, California, at CarbonLite. Intended to create a closed-loop, bottle-to-bottle system here in the U.S., CarbonLite is one of the country’s largest facilities. Opened in 2012
case-studies  waste  recycling  manufacturing  california 
december 2015 by badeconomist
High stakes in Metro Vancouver garbage business
Following the money in @MetroVancouver's garbage plans: #ZWC2013
waste  recycling  vancouver 
october 2013 by badeconomist
EPR: Ontario versus British Columbia
RT @Caelie: EPR: Ontario versus British Columbia
epr  ontario  bc  recycling 
august 2013 by badeconomist
Product Policy Institute Blog: Towards a progressive vision of Zero Waste
Product Policy Institute: Towards a progressive vision of Zero Waste
waste  bc  greenjobs  recycling 
august 2013 by badeconomist
B.C. study advocates model of zero waste | Georgia Straight
RT @carlitopablo: B.C. study advocates model of zero waste via @georgiastraight
waste  recycling  marc  bc  ccpa 
march 2013 by badeconomist
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