Importance of building circular economies central theme at upcoming Summit for Recycling
Creating economic growth through end market development using a circular model
A special virtual, digital presentation at the annual Summit for Recycling: Building a Circular Economy in the Rockies, to be hosted in August by Recycle Colorado, will focus on creating economic growth through end market development using a circular model. The association says central to this year's discussion will be the need for a truly circular system for materials that will create new jobs, enhance infrastructure and technology, as well as meet international sustainability initiatives.
Recycle Colorado is hosting the
Attendees will learn the importance of building circular economies and transforming the way we design, make, and use materials. In a press release circulated to the recycling industry, Recycle Colorado states: "As we work to more sustainably manage finite resources and decrease pollution in our shrinking space, there is an opportunity to create economic growth through end-market development."
According to Recycle Colorado, circular economies are in the spotlight more than ever following the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the shift in security, travel and transportation and business operations, the focus needs to be on how we can fortify and better use the resources we have.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.