Webinar Summary: Waste Management That Actually Makes Money
20. 5 .2020,
On May 20th, a webinar "Waste Management That Makes Money" was organized by Cyrkl. The central topic of the webinar was how to combine, on the one hand, reducing the costs of waste management in companies and, on the other hand, reducing the impact on the environment. Vojtěch Pilnáček, a senior waste expert at Cyrkl, presented 5 principles at the webinar that can be achieved. The path to financial savings and reduction of the environmental burden leads through circular waste management, in which we monitor not only the necessary legislation, but also the minimization of waste generation, because we know its true value.
Practical examples, frequent legislative barriers and instructions for overcoming them were presented for each principle. The issues of optimization in the search for savings and reduction of environmental impact are currently very topical.
The content of the presented points can be summarized as follows:
- We prevent the generation of waste and minimize its generation. The ideal waste is the one that will not be created at all. This can be achieved through organizational measures in the use of packaging, the use of production waste, changes in technology or finding ways to use the waste for other purposes. In this context, there was also a discussion on the legal definition of waste.
- We sort waste into its recyclable components. Every operation that has to be done with waste costs some resources. In order to maintain the positive value of the waste, the number of operations must be kept to a minimum. It is also important to monitor the form in which waste is collected so that its transport for further use does not involve high costs. In both respects, it is important to follow the requirements of the final processors.
- We sell the generated waste and we know where it ends. Waste often has a positive value. You just need to find out for whom. If, for example, due to lack of time, it is not possible to deal in detail with devising ways in which waste could be recovered, it often happens that the waste ends up in a landfill without recovery. Specific examples of finding and finding routes were presented. An example that is particularly worth mentioning is the connection of a large furniture retailer looking for recovery for 126 tonnes of plastic waste with a plastic recycler. This converted the costs in the conversion of 500 thousand crowns to 100 thousand crowns of profit.
- We use secondary raw materials in our production. When using secondary raw materials in production or, for example, in construction, it is possible to save interesting amounts. For example, recyclates from construction waste meet the technical criteria for use for construction purposes without any problems and at the same time are several times cheaper than primary raw materials. Recycled plastic is up to 50% cheaper compared to the primary input, which depends on the price of BRENT crude oil. The impact of the use of recyclates on the environment is also undoubtedly positive.
- We know the composition of our products and we know that they are recyclable. Some products may contain substances that are either legally prohibited from recycling or directly or technically prevent recycling. These are often flame retardants or plasticizers. The design of products itself is often a problem. They are composed of difficult-to-separate parts from different materials and their recycling is then very difficult. If the described phenomena can be avoided, the way is opened for later recycling of products at the end of the life cycle.
Further details on this topic are described in the article on Cyrkl.com. If you missed the webinar watch it now here.
The next webinar on a more specific topic will take place during June.
‐ Vojtěch Pilnáček, Cyrkl