Recycling and Carbon Prevention Accelerated by Circular Economy

Posted by on June 20, 2017 in circular economy

renewiThe primitive humans simply buried their waste and refuse in the ground. This was an effective technique because their population was small and they produced very little waste. In an advanced civilization of today, burying all of our waste is not a sustainable solution. Modern humans produce far larger amounts of waste, much of which is not biodegradable.

Renewi is addressing this enormous environmental challenge through innovation in recycling and waste management. Renewi has recently published its first CSR Report, showing the company’s robust performance and outlining its ambitious plans for the future.

Renewi recycled or recovered 90 percent of the 15 million tons of waste that it handled in 2016-17. By reusing this waste in new products and energy production, the company prevented more than three million tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere and produced over 172 billion watt hours of green electricity – enough to supply 40,000 homes.

The company now aims to work towards a 95 percent recycling and recovery rate, a 10 percent increase in carbon prevention, and a 60 percent increase in green power production by 2020. Renewi has also achieved an impressive performance against its safety objectives, with its accident rate improving by five percent. The company now plans to further reduce this rate by 25 percent.

Renewi CEO Peter Dilnot said that the company has set for itself ambitious and stretching targets, and aims to meet these by continuing to give new life to used materials and playing an important role in the circular economy.

Renewi recently won a five-year waste collection contract with the municipality of Cranendonck, in the south of the Netherlands. The company will be responsible for collecting all organic waste, residual waste, plastics, glass and other materials in the municipality as well as running a waste recycling point.

Under the contract, Renewi will manage waste in the municipality from almost 21,000 citizens, over more than 8,000 households. The company currently services many Dutch municipalities where it collects domestic waste for around one million households.

Source: Renewi

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