Wide world of recycling

Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Nov. 15, 2013

Significant shifts in paper recycling standards are coming to Europe. That development leads our look at industry news from around the globe.

Europe's paper industry has been asked to prepare for significant changes to recycling quality standards set to go into effect in Feb. 2014. The revised standard will be released by The British Standards Institute early next year and will update grade specifications for non-paper components and provide a more detailed description of each grade listed in the standard.

The plastics recycling industry in U.K. is calling for major reforms to its plastics recovery note (PRN) system. Despite original ambitions to support domestic recycling efforts, the current system, U.K. recyclers argue, has encouraged exports while hampering domestic recycling activity.

A suburb of Accra, Ghana has been named one of the top 10 most polluted areas in the world by the Blacksmith Institute, a New York-based nonprofit group that focuses on curbing international pollution. According to the group, some 215,000 tons of used electronics have been amassed in the suburb, called Agbogbloshie, with lead levels reaching 18,125 parts per million (ppm), more than 17,000 ppm above the U.S. EPA's recommended lead level limit.

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