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On 23 April 2018 French Prime Minister Edouard Phlippe announced a plan to boost the “circular economy”, clamping down on waste and encouraging recycling.
“One obsolescence we are convinced of today … is the model where we extract, manufacture, sell and throw away,” Philippe said on a visit to the Seb Moulinex factory in Mayenne, northern France. The electronic goods manufacturer’s plant was chosen because it has made a speciality of producing repairable products. He announced an anti-waste battle plan that will encourage recycling and incite companies to produce goods that are more robust and easier to repair.
Among the proposed measures are:
- A target of 100 percent recyclable plastic by 2025;
- Reduction of resource consumption by 30 percent by 2030;
- The creation of 300,000 jobs in the circular economy, their present number being estimated at 800,000;
- By 2020 manufacturers of electronic goods and furniture will have to inform consumers of their products’ life expectancy and how they may be repaired;
- The law on guarantees will be tightened up and a website set up for consumer complaints;
- A new industrial sector should be established for the recycling of toys, sports and DIY goods and mobile phones, of which 30 million “are slumbering in French people’s draws”, according to Philippe.
- VAT will be reduced for recycling and the anti-pollution tax raised;
- TV licence fees will be proportionate to a household’s waste.
The building industry, which is responsible for 70 percent of France’s waste, is to be one of the bill’s principal targets.
“It’s about directing consumption towards the most robust products (…) and products that can be repaired more easily,” said Philippe. The text also plans to increase the legal compliance period (guarantee), now set at two years, at European level, and to facilitate complaints to consumers via an internet portal provided for this purpose.
In addition to the goal of “extending the life of products and developing repair”, the government plan aims to develop recycling channels. A single logo, “Triman”, will indicate for example if this or that product is recyclable.
France still has some way to go towards being waste-free. Its waste-recovery rate was 39 percent in 2014, compared to 65 percent in Germany and 50 percent in Belgium. Less plastic is recycled than the European average, with 55 percent of plastic bottles collected, compared to 90 percent in Scandinavia.
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The robot is a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by Apple that was revealed in 2016. In fact, Daisy was created with some of Liam’s old parts, making it a recycled robot that helps recycle iPhones. Daisy is capable of taking apart nine different versions of the iPhone, and it can disassemble up to 200 iPhones an hour. It also separates parts and removes certain components as it goes.
Along with Daisy, Apple has also announced a temporary program called GiveBack, where customers can turn in devices in store or through Apple.com to be recycled. For every device received from now until April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International. (Eligible devices will still receive an in-store or gift card credit.)
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) published in 2017 the report “Critical mineral resources of the United States—Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply” edited by Klaus J. Schulz , John H. DeYoung Jr. , Robert R. Seal II , and Dwight C. Bradley.
This comprehensive book presents resource and geologic information on the following 23 mineral commodities currently among those viewed as important to the national economy and national security of the United States: antimony (Sb), barite (barium, Ba), beryllium (Be), cobalt (Co), fluorite or fluorspar (fluorine, F), gallium (Ga), germanium (Ge), graphite (carbon, C), hafnium (Hf), indium (In), lithium (Li), manganese (Mn), niobium (Nb), platinum-group elements (PGE), rare-earth elements (REE), rhenium (Re), selenium (Se), tantalum (Ta), tellurium (Te), tin (Sn), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), and zirconium (Zr).
Their research provides an enlightening overview of the occurrence of these critical minerals throughout the world and helps in understanding the geostrategic importance of some of them.
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The International Aluminium Institute offers on their website a great insight into the aluminium life cycle of the world from 1962 until 2016 and beyond with predictions until 2030.
It is highly interesting to see how strong the mass of aluminium within chemical compounds increased over time and especially within the last 10 years after the global financial crisis in 2008. Even though remanufacturing and recycling heightened in accordance there is still much room to improve utilisation of this important light metal.
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