Waste’s second life
Advanced technologies result in new items made of recycled materials; and the trend increases. A significant amount of worn protective medical masks has circulated in the environment as the result of the pandemic. In South Korea, used face masks are turned into stools, and in Taiwan, they were turned into powerbanks. Extensive research is also done around waste to energy generation. Ulsan University, Korea boasts of having one of the most famous toilets where faeces is turned into biogas, which in turn supplies the building with energy.
There are more examples of waste treatment. Recycling also has a positive effect on roads and sidewalks’ condition. Old construction materials, glass and PET bottles reused are turned into better quality surfaces. Plastic bottles are turned into sleeping bags, recycled waste paper becomes cat litter, and yoghurt cups make plastic parts for toothbrushes. Recycling also works well in the clothing and footwear industry; used PET bottles are used in the production of textiles. This is owed to advanced technologies.
More about the recycling advantages and benefits - join us for the International Environmental Protection and Waste Management Expo EKOTECH held on 8 and 9 March in Targi Kielce.