Towards closing the loop

The 1st February the course visited several solid waste management facilities where the processes of the Biological-Mechanical Waste Treatment, Mineral Waste Sorting and Recycling, Electric and Electronic Scrap Dismantling and Sorting, Light Packaging Sorting and Waste Paper Sorting where observed. These visits allowed us to confirm that the waste does not really exist, but it is raw material that can generate innumerable goods developing a closed loop economy with both economic and socio-environmental benefits.

It allowed us to recognize that those responsible for the management of these “wastes” are not only the waste management companies, but all the actors involved for closing the cycle.

It was also inspiring to see how government and private companies work synergistically in a series of organized processes to recover more of the so-called “wastes” which are collected, separated and recycled to generate energy and excellent quality products such as bricks, bottles of glass, paperboard, paper, compost, dry stabilitat, among others.

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author: Natalia Jimenez, EM40

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One thought on “Towards closing the loop”

  1. Very interesting, as an upcoming environmental engineer, I believe that just as various natural processes on earth have their own means of recycling themselves, Waste ( as we call it) can be a valuable resource or raw material. Lots of activities occur from its generation to landfilling. All stakeholders must come together to make this possible, we have done too much harm already to nature.

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