New recycling plant to cut landfill waste
21 May 2009 — 11:04 AM
Mobile phone recycling could be boosted by plans for a new project that aims to make use of plastics and paper to create "the world's greenest fuel".
A partnership has been announced by Alternative Fuels Corporation (AFC) and Turtle Island Recycling that will see around 400 tonnes of material processed every day at a new sustainable chemical plant.
Based in Sarnia, Canada, the bio-refinery will process unwanted items - which could include recycled mobile phone components - into specialty chemicals and a new type of green diesel.
Commenting on the plans, vice-president of business development for AFC Michael Hepworth said despite the number of initiatives aimed at encouraging recycling, 56 per cent of rubbish still goes to landfill.
"Much of this waste contains valuable energy which can be extracted without incineration and with no damage to the environment," he added.
Another way to make sure a used mobile is not dumped in the ground is to trade it in. The cash this can generate could also be put towards buying a brand new model.
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