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Recycling firms and websites

In the United States

PowerGenix is a San Diego -based company developing rechargeable batteries,[1] Nickel-zinc (NiZn) and recycling batteries. Nickel-Zinc are generally viewed much safer than Nickel-cadmium . Cadmium is banned in the EU , Toys R Us and Mattel .[2] Their high power-to-size ratio batteries are used in objects as varied as GPS systems, hand-held games consoles and remote-controlled units.[1] PowerGenix has been selected by TARDEC to provide NiZn vehicle batteries for hybrid electric vehicle s.

In the the UK

Image:Man rummaging thought a skip.jpg|thumb|A man rummaging through a Skip (container)|skip at the back of an office building in Central London in 2006 . The wood could be used for urban lumberjacking and the cardboard could be recycled.

The UK government's web site carries information on were you can recycle batteries in the UK.[3] Both libraries, supermarkets, shops and and pubs have started collecting old batteries in recent years.[3]

The aim of I-recycle is to provide a central point for people offering items that they no longer require or need. The passing on of these items reduces the amount of usable goods going to landfill site s across the UK. It was created on April 11, 2006 as an alternative to the existing Freecycle Network . Several existing users expressed displeasure of the usage of the Yahoo!Groups framework and the amount of email received by subscribers. As a result of these issues and others, the website [4] was created to replace the yahoo groups and to promote the use of advance functionality like RSS and geo-mapping information. I-recycle is currently based in the UK . However the spread of I-recycle to Ireland and possibly other countries is both welcome and foreseeable.

Environmental Waste Controls plc (EWC)[5] is a privately held Merseyside [6][7][8] based UK company,[6] who provide waste management and recycling solutions for variouse types of industry. It was first founded by William A. (Bill) Edwards|Bill Edwards [6] in 1993 , who initially started the business from his bedroom, the concept was to offer a total transparent and fixed price waste and recycling management package.

During the first 6 months of developing the business, EWC carried out extensive product research and market testing with several pilot projects with local NHS Trusts, following the success of these projects the product supply line, marketing strategy and concept of the business were firmly established.

Since 1993 EWC has provided over 500 organisations and many local authority household waste and recycling centres , such as the Hilton hotel , Radisson Hotels , railway stations, National Health Service Trusts and local government boddis,[6] both in the UK and Ireland , with significant cost reduction in their waste budget, through maximising recycling and minimising fixed prices for waste segregation, storage, transport and waste disposal for landfill .

Plans to branch out in to battery recycling were mooted in early late 2000's, but were quickly dropped. WMC was bought out in 2004 by another waste management firm.[6] By 2008, the firm employed 400 people and had sales of about $46,900,000.[6]

Other present day (as of 2010) functions and services include-[9]

  • Aluminium scrap recycling
  • Tin , Steel and Aluminium can recycling
  • Waste Management and Recycling Services
  • Industrial waste balers
  • Automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) Parking Systems
  • Trash compactors
  • Hand-fed Balers
  • Hospital waste management
  • Industrial shredders
  • Landfill waste management services is a UK based website for reporting news and information related to the waste management and recycling industries.[10] The website produces daily updates and information and is one of the key providers of news in the UK waste industry. It is the UK's only independent dedicated website for businesses, local authorities and community groups involved in recycling and waste management.[11][12] The site also has a discussion board, "clubrecycle", where waste managers and stakeholders can discuss industry developments.

The company is involved in a number of other dynamics in the waste industry, including an annual exhibition Letsrecycle Live and provides Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. It is widely cited as a place of reference by industry organisations, government and local authorities[13][14][15][16][17][18]

The editorial team consists of Steve Eminton, Caelia Quinault, Chris Sloley and Nick Mann. [19]

In the EU

The scheme, entitled Citron Recycle, will see French and UK batteries being colected at the the Enthoven facility in Derbyshire and transported to Citron's recycling facility in the port of Le Havre in Northern France , where they will be broken down in a high temperature facilaties for further use in other products. It uses ‘ oxyreducer ' process, which separates out the zinc , cadmium , lead and mercury (element)|mercury at 1,200 degrees Celsius . The high temperature also kills of all bacterial contamination and burns up all organic matter|organic waste materials.[20] The UK through a scheme operated by Hampshire based firm Loddon Recycling .[20] Switzerland 's Citron SA is one of the largest battery recycling firms in Europe , and operates the EU's Citron Recycle scheme, with partners in the UK, Ierland, France and Switzerland.[20] The EU's 2006 EU Battery Directive has made battery obligatry in all it's member states by 2016 and helped set up the web site to encorge the present recycling scyemes in the EU.[20]

In Japan

The Panasonic Eco Technology Centre , in Osaka city started recycling fridge s, flat screen TV s, air conditioning units and some computer s in the December of 2009.[21][22] Matsushita Plasma Display Panel company had also started recycling flat screen TVs in the December of 2009.[23]

Also see


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  4. I-recycle site
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  10. ,, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management . Retrieved 30.11.06.
  11. Letsrecycle
  12. About , Retrieved 30.11.06.
  13. Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management - 'Recycling Champion of the Year' ,, Lichfield District Council. Retrieved 30.11.06.
  14. Useful links ,, Nottinghamshire County Council. Retrieved 30.11.06.
  15. Thinking Outside the Bin- Sustainability First , Retrieved 30.11.06.
  16. NetRegs
  17. Waste links ,, Neath Port Talbot Council. Retrieved 30.11.06.
  18. Daily News ,, Energy Savings Trust. Retrieved 30.11.06.
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