First Scientific Tests Prove HDPE’S Recycling Properties

First Scientific Tests Prove HDPE’S Recycling Properties

ESE World has carried out the first practical experiment to demonstrate that HDPE can be recycled at least 10 times and further processed under controlled conditions. The company has been the leader in the use of recycled plastics for the manufacture of containers for waste and recyclables for over 30 years. Its advanced procedures and processes in the cleaning, additives and processing of the material enables ESE to make products from recycled plastics with the same quality as virgin material. However, one question that has remained unanswered until now was how often HDPE can be processed, ground and reprocessed in injection moulding procedures without fundamentally changing the structure and characteristics of the material. ESE therefore established a controlled experimental model at its production facility that enabled virgin HDPE to be reused 10 times. After each step the material was analysed in cooperation with external research institutions using state-of-the-art methods. The project was led by ESE’s plastics specialist and scientist Jeanett Köhn, PhD. The test demonstrated for the first time that the injection moulding process and shredding of the plastics have, in principle, no property-altering effects on the material over this entire period of reuse. With the service life of containers being around 10 to 20 years, this result means that the availability of material for sustainable production from the same recycled plastic is secured for at least 100 to 200 years. Udo Fröhlingsdorf, Director of Product Development & Marketing at ESE, is very pleased with the test results. “Decades of developments under production conditions have put us in the position to process and treat recycled material in such a...
Clean Cube, the solar powered compacting bin

Clean Cube, the solar powered compacting bin

Waste management has never been smarter From harnessing the sun’s energy to generating an income stream, the latest product launch from ESE World Ltd offers both public and private sectors an intelligent solution to waste management for densely populated areas. Clean Cube is a smart waste compacting bin which houses a standard wheelie bin and is powered by solar energy, it is available exclusively through ESE, Europe’s leading manufacturer of temporary storage solutions for waste and recycling materials. Clean Cube’s built-in sensor detects when the bin is full and swiftly compacts the contents, allowing it to hold up to eight times more rubbish, increasing the bin capacity by up to 700%, considerably reducing overflow and reducing waste collection by up to 85%. Intuitive linked software means Clean Cube bins are easy to manage and maintain, the software sends an alert when it reaches its capacity, reducing the need for manual handling and a helpful tool for planning route optimisation. Powered by solar energy, the bins can be installed anywhere that sufficient natural light is available, making them ideal for high traffic areas such as transport hubs, leisure amenities and attractions and shopping centres. In addition, Clean Cube has the ability to generate an income stream, its backlit LED or plain panel can be used for advertising placement, which gives owners an opportunity to target ideal local businesses and organisations. “We are very pleased to add Clean Cube to our product offering,” said Dave Hughes, MD of ESE World Ltd. “This bin offers a multitude of benefits, by harnessing a natural resource and utilising digital technology it will help to streamline and...
Glasgow’s landmark park sends litter underground

Glasgow’s landmark park sends litter underground

Kelvingrove Park is 85 acres of parkland located in the West End of Glasgow. It’s both picturesque and very busy. Its central location makes it a popular route for commuters to the city centre and popular with dog walkers, as well as students from the nearby University of Glasgow. Traditional post or standing bins struggle to cope with the volume of rubbish where there are large number of people. Stand-alone semi-underground collection points provide an effective alternative and flexibility around where the systems can be sited make them ideal where there’s limited space or restricted access. Semi underground collection points have their greater portion placed underground, with only the inlets above the surface, so they’re also an ideal anywhere there are lots of people generating waste on the move. They also offer opportunities to segregate recyclable materials at the point at which they’re thrown away and more waste can be stored, and then moved with less frequent use of vehicles. Additional advantages include fewer odours, the confinement of bacteria, increased compaction, improved street, neighbourhood and park aesthetics, limited maintenance requirements and more protection against vandalism. Glasgow City Council has installed two semi-underground waste systems manufactured by ESE, in Kelvingrove Park. They’re sited at a large open sunny slope that attracts a huge amount of users. They’re the first two to be installed in the city’s parks and it was their effectiveness in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens that prompted Gavin Jackson, Assistant Parks Operations Manager (North) to consider underground storage. “I visited Princes Street Gardens to see their effectiveness and ease of emptying. I was told that the reduction in working hours...