WasteWorld December 7th 2022 – PRNs, Scrap Metal Recycling and PRNs

Plastic waste found from the 1960s!
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Welcome to Wednesday, 7th December Edition.

In today's Waste World:
  • The Museum of Vintage Waste - artefacts dating back to the 1960's!
  • Waste Price Watch - what's happening in the waste market?
  • Sector Focus - we take a look at recycling scrap metal.
  • What we've been reading - quirky stories that have interested us this week!


The Museum of Vintage Waste

The Archeoplastica Project

Did you know that plastic waste makes up 80% of debris found in the ocean? The Archeoplastica Project is looking to change this.

The campaign, started by Enzo Suma, exhibits vintage plastic waste such as old toys and cleaning products that have washed up on beaches - with the aim of raising awareness about how imperishable and polluting plastic can be.

Enzo Suma has been collecting plastics from beaches for many years. His project began when a photo he posted of an old sun cream bottle got a big reaction from his followers - drawing attention to the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. From this, The Archeoplastica Project was created and now consists of more than 200 photos of artefacts dating back as early as the 1960's.

Click below to see some of the artefacts that have been collected!


Waste Price Watch

Each issue we bring you the latest market prices for recycling; plus the cost of PRN (Packaging Recycling Note) and landfill fees.

For full detail and up to date prices click here. For details on PRNs click here.


Focus on scrap metal 


How is scrap metal recycled?

What is scrap metal? Scrap metal refers to metal products that you can no longer use or anything that has broken that is made mostly or completely from metal. It is generated by a number of different businesses and industries, but is often mishandled

Most scrap metal can be recycled through a process of sorting, shredding, melting and then purifying the material. Once it solidifies it is ready to be reused and has a never-ending lifecycle. 

Click below to read our blog about how scrap metal recycling works and why recycling it can help the environment and save your business money. 


Do you know if your business needs to buy PRNs? Click here to find out



EU reveal plans to cut plastic and packaging waste:


The EU have released draft plans that outline how they will cut plastic and packaging waste, including banning mini shampoo bottles in hotels. Read more below.


Hydrogen aircraft tested by Rolls-Royce and easyJet:


An aeroplane running on hydrogen fuel has successfully been tested in the hope that environmentally friendly flying will be available in the future. Find out more below!

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