Recycling: Opportunities & Challenges

By: Michael McManus
Jan 17, 2017 12:30 PM ET

Simply put, recycling is a win-win industry. It takes products or commodities which have been previously used and turns them into something new, like plastic, or the same exact thing as it was before, like paper. 

I recently spoke at the Recycle Confex in Dubai, where industry professionals from around the world over came together to discuss the present and future of recycling.

Speakers discussed innovative technologies that sort through several materials using cameras, color detection, computers etc., to quickly sort through the various pieces of recycled content, as well as machinery to process different materials into bags of specialty pellets or bound pallets of raw material ready to be re-manufactured into new products.

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Michael McManus is vice president, government and corporate affairs as well as stakeholder relations in North America for Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP). APP is one of the world’s largest, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturers whose products are utilized by millions of people every day.