In Europe, we currently use 16 tonnes of material per person per year, of which 6 tonnes become waste. Although the management of that waste continues to improve in the EU, the European economy currently still loses a significant amount of potential 'secondary raw materials' such as metals, wood, glass, paper, plastics present waste streams. In 2010, total waste production in the EU amounted to 2,5 billion tons. From this total only a limited (albeit increasing) share (36%) was recycled, with the rest was land-filled or burned, of which some 600 million tons could be recycled or reused.
The European Union's approach to waste management is based on the "waste hierarchy" which sets the following priority order when shaping waste policy and managing waste at the operational level: prevention, (preparing for) reuse, recycling, recovery and, as the least preferred option, disposal (which includes land-filling and incineration without energy recovery).
Industries, commerce and households have different trash and waste that must be treated, recycled or disposed. If we consider Brazil and Latin America, many processes are still very precarious. Thinking about this, our goal is to take over there all information about existing and already established solutions for the Waste and Recycling market.
Today we have many industries working to develop solutions for:
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