What is resource recovery?
More than just waste management as we know it, resource recovery refers to the all-encompassing process that reduces raw material use by and adds to life cycles.
At ReGen Waste, we are on a mission to reroute as much waste as possible from landfill through advanced methods of recycling. While resource recovery is not new, we see ourselves at the cutting edge of the practice aiming for what we call 'maximum recovery'. Learn more about resource recovery and how we are pushing the boundaries in the waste management industry.
Defining Resource Recovery
Initially, we think of examples of resource recovery such as newspapers and bottles being recycled. In the past 2 or 3 decades, products like these have had their lifecycle extended dramatically. Some estimates put UK newspaper recovery at over 70%, while plastic bottles can be recycled up to 9 times, but resource recovery isn't always about repetition.
Take bio-energy for example, it is a wholly different process but still falls into resource recovery. It is easy to imagine plastic and paper being reused, but for bio-degradable products, the process is entirely different. Food waste, sewage and plant material can all be converted to sources of fuel through the process of anaerobic digestion. While these processes may not make the mainstream media, they will prove valuable in the future. In the UK, biogas, created from the waste mentioned above could replace up to 17% of vehicle fuel.
What is the goal of resource recovery?
The end goal is sustainability. It is widely accepted that the current rates and sourcing of manufacturing new products are not sustainable. Weekly, we read more and more about the adverse effects of carbon on our environment and how waste is destroying the land and seas. Resource recovery allows various industries to meet the demands of their consumers without having to turn to more raw materials. To once again look at the paper industry, recycled paper requires between 20% to 50% less energy to produce than new paper.
Resource recovery reduces both the energy used and resources used to produce the fuels and products we use daily. Through sustainability, we can reduce the harm created by the waste culture and sourcing practices which are damaging the planet.
Why ReGen Waste aims for Maximum Recovery.
Since ReGen Waste was founded in 2004, the aims have been to improve recycling through best practice and modern means. Waste management has come on leaps and bounds in the past 4 decades, however, we know there are always ways to improve. With this in mind, we aim for maximum recovery at ReGen through sophisticated waste sorting methods, by investing in our machinery and by doing our utmost to reduce the volume of waste to landfill continually.
In our facilities, we process glass, paper, plastics, metals and a host of other materials. While some of them return to the shelves and stores again, we also produce Refuse Derived Fuel. Our expertise and capacity to manage new materials set us apart from competitors who are limited to fewer products. To continue driving towards maximum recovery, we devote 10% of our turnover to research to stay ahead of others in the field.
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