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Abstract

This report contains the findings of a study which examines the potential energy savings available to the EEC through the further recovery of selected waste materials. Energy savings through materials recovery can arise: -through substituting secondary materials for primary materials in the production of finished products; -using recovered materials as a direct energy source. For the materials considered in detail - aluminium, plastics, rubber, glass, waste paper and wood - the main opportunities for further waste recovery were identified as residing with municipal and other post-consumer wastes. Industrial wastes arising in material forming and fabricating activities are already recycled to a high degree. However, in the case of wood there is a large potential for the further recovery of industrial wastes. There are considerable commercial, technical, locational, market and attitudinal constraints which will need to be overcome, however, if significant additional wood recovery is to be achieved. The major opportunities for energy recovery clearly reside with thermal conversion (85 %, particularly of wood and plastics wastes. In the case of material recovery, aluminium provides the major energy saving opportunity.

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Authors: PORTER R, ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK);ROBERTS T ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK), ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: 243 P., 1985, ISBN 0-85334-353-5 WRITE TO ELSEVIER APPLIED SCIENCE PUBLISHERS LTD., CROWN HOUSE, LINTON ROAD, BARKING, ESSEX IG11 8JU (UK, PRICE: UKL 30,-, (EUR 9222 EN).
Record Number: 1989123056400 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en