Wide world of recycling

Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

PET collection rates in Europe on the rise, Georgetown University business students working to develop recycling in South Africa and recycling bins with eyes in the back of their heads — it's all covered in this week's edition of the wide world of recycling.

Recently released statistics show European Union countries have continued to increase the amount of PET collected for recycling each year. Trade association Petcore Europe announced Aug. 9 that EU collection of PET bottles came in at 1.68 million metric tons in 2012. That amounts to a 5.6 percent increase from 2011. The group says that more than 52 percent of all available post-consumer PET bottles in the region were collected for recycling last year; that's a slight boost over the 2011 rate.

A group of students from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has begun working with several paper and recycling organizations to develop a sustainable recycling facility in a poverty-stricken community in South Africa. The team will be restoring an abandoned recycling center in the Langa township and establishing a program to collect a variety of recyclable items that can be processed there, creating jobs and revenue streams in the process. Among the companies and organizations helping with the effort are: Petco, Sappi Refibre, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa, K&C Waste and The Glass Recycling Company.

Londoners no longer have to fret about recycling bins tracking their cellphones, after the company responsible for outfitting a dozen recycling bins with smartphone-monitoring technology was ordered to discontinue the operation. The firm, called Renew, was exploring the possibility of selling the information to advertisers interested in better understanding digital customers.

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