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West Coast report + Plastics Special

Recycling International visited California-based recycler CASS, which handles around 50 tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap – mainly aluminium – every day. The company has plenty of artistic flair too; CASS invested US$ 250 000 to replace the fence around its site with a new wall made from recycled materials.

Upwards of 1.2 million tonnes of plastics can be recovered from e-scrap in Europe. One of the recyclers taking on this large waste stream is Austrian family business Müller-Guttenbrunn Group.

Kristine Berg embarked on a trip across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 13 other female scientists last summer. She tells us all about her rocky yet inspiring maiden voyage.

‘We set sail from Hawaii on a windy, sunny morning on a 22m sailboat – called Sea Dragon. It took us about three weeks to cover almost 3 000 nautical miles across the North Pacific to Vancouver, Canada.’



Approximately 3 million fridges are disposed of in the UK every single year. AO Recycling has invested heavily in innovative technology to ensure there is a sustainable answer to the ‘fridge mountains’. The firm processes over 700 000 units annually.

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