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They are used to making all of the products we use
Yet our appetite is growing
|We produce 4 billion metric tons of waste every year|
and we only recycle one billion of it.
If properly recycled, this waste can be a valuable resource
It can provide a new source of energy and materials
Instead of being tossed in the garbage, these consumer goods are disassembled and used to provide new resources, such as high-quality polymers (plastics) suitable for use as secondary raw materials to create new products, like these bathroom scales made by a leading French manufacturer of household appliances.
Europe’s largest CHP plant – fueled by wood and straw – provides enough heating for the entire city. This “clean” heating comes entirely from biomass, preventing the equivalent of 150,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.
450 farmers supply the 240,000 metric tons of straw needed to produce 60% of the energy supply.
450,000 metric tons of wood are used to produce the remaining 40%. This feedstock comes from waste wood that is unsuitable for other uses.
Bales of straw weighing 400 kilograms are pushed into pipes equipped with fire-prevention systems to be shredded and fed into the boiler system.
Biomass has the huge benefit of providing feedstock that is both sourced and used locally. This has led to the creation of more than 170 jobs in the region to manage the entire supply chain for the plant.