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Waste

Plastics pellets continue to be washed up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Cathy Sexton, Project Manager at FIDRA, looks at the problem from the perspective of an environmental group.
The opening meeting of the SPRA 2013-14 programme, sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Avanti Scotland, consisted of a site visit to Avanti’s recycling facility at Alva followed by a presentation in Bridge of Allan.
An attempt by the Scottish Government to introduce a levy on single use carrier bags, as part of its plans to Safeguard Scotland's Resources, is expected to have negligible effect on material resources, environmental impact and litter.
Under the general theme of ‘Plastics Recycling’ the March 2013 SPRA meeting addressed the topics of ‘Plastics Waste from the Marine Environment’, ‘Higher Specification Recyclate’ and ‘Energy from Waste’
SPRA was represented by Peter Davis, Director General of BPF, at two workshops on marine litter, in Aberdeen and Dundee.
The April SPRA meeting tackled the theme of Plastics Recycling, with three presentations: Mixed Plastics Waste Recycling from Kevin Ross (Impact Solutions); Closed Loop Recycling from Chris Dow (Closed Loop Recycling Ltd); Recycling Grants from Iain Gulland (Zero Waste Scotland)
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to environmental waste.

Recycling

A presentation and demonstration of B♻SS (Bafflle Oscillating Separation System), a novel separation system for plastics.
To reduce the impact on the environment, Scotland is aiming to become more efficient in the use of energy, material and water, by improving recycling of materials and adopting the ‘Circular Economy’.
The opening meeting of the SPRA 2013-14 programme, sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Avanti Scotland, consisted of a site visit to Avanti’s recycling facility at Alva followed by a presentation in Bridge of Allan.
Under the general theme of ‘Plastics Recycling’ the March 2013 SPRA meeting addressed the topics of ‘Plastics Waste from the Marine Environment’, ‘Higher Specification Recyclate’ and ‘Energy from Waste’
At the June SPRA meeting, John McLoughlin, POLYnnovation consultancy, described the design development of Durakerb®, a kerbstone made from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene. It was the 2008 winner of the Horners’ Award for Plastics Innovation and Design.
SPRA was represented by Peter Davis, Director General of BPF, at two workshops on marine litter, in Aberdeen and Dundee.
The April SPRA meeting tackled the theme of Plastics Recycling, with three presentations: Mixed Plastics Waste Recycling from Kevin Ross (Impact Solutions); Closed Loop Recycling from Chris Dow (Closed Loop Recycling Ltd); Recycling Grants from Iain Gulland (Zero Waste Scotland)
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to the recycling of plastics and rubber.

Sustainability

On Wednesday 3rd. February an audience of 30 enjoyed the lively presentation by Colin Parry, a six sigma master black belt from Lean Business Solutions (LBS).
Plastics pellets continue to be washed up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Cathy Sexton, Project Manager at FIDRA, looks at the problem from the perspective of an environmental group.
To reduce the impact on the environment, Scotland is aiming to become more efficient in the use of energy, material and water, by improving recycling of materials and adopting the ‘Circular Economy’.
An attempt by the Scottish Government to introduce a levy on single use carrier bags, as part of its plans to Safeguard Scotland's Resources, is expected to have negligible effect on material resources, environmental impact and litter.
BPF has produced a guide for public bodies to help their understanding of the benefits of plastics packaging.
Fife based cable manufacturer, Brand Rex, has been making impressive environmental strides to achieving carbon neutral status, to the recently released PAS 2060 standards.
Fergus Hardie (SPRA) and Philip Law (BPF) met Jo Swinson MP to put the case for the UK Plastics Industry being recognised as a strategic manufacturing sector in the economy.]
Stuart Patrick, Chairman of The Polymer Society, reviews the sustainability challenges facing the plastics sector and how the sector has been meeting the challenges.
Dave Wetters, Bio polymers Ltd, reviews developments of bioplastics, their processing and applications
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to sustainability of plastics and rubber.

Legislation

An attempt by the Scottish Government to introduce a levy on single use carrier bags, as part of its plans to Safeguard Scotland's Resources, is expected to have negligible effect on material resources, environmental impact and litter.
Following an EU Directive, the Scottish Government has introduced a ban on infant feeding bottles manufactured from polycarbonate, contrary to the scientific opinion of the European Food Standards Agency.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to legislation affecting the polymer sector.

Energy

BPF has introduced two modules on energy in the plastics industry to its on-line training platform, BPF Training
Under the general theme of ‘Plastics Recycling’ the March 2013 SPRA meeting addressed the topics of ‘Plastics Waste from the Marine Environment’, ‘Higher Specification Recyclate’ and ‘Energy from Waste’
Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology, provided a practical guide for plastics processors on how to gain control over energy management and to reduce energy costs.
George Loumakis provided and overview of solar thermal collectors and explored the potential for polymeric materials in the design of low cost solar thermal collectors.

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Events Diary

Fantastic Plastic 2017 E1

30 August 2017
Craiglockhart Campus,Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

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Fantastic Plastic 2017 E2

30 August 2017
Craiglockhart Campus,Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

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  • Materials Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, Additives.
  • Processes Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Ancillaries.
  • Design Product, Mould, CAE, Testing.
  • Applications Healthcare, Packaging, Electronics, Other Markets.
  • Environment Waste, Recycling, Sustainability, Legislation, Energy.
  • Business Issues Network, Seminars, Competitiveness, Innovation, Regulation.