Prime Location for Bunting at RWM 2018

Magnetic Separators Greet Visitors at RWM

Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets have booked the stand greeting visitors as they enter through the main entrance at this year’s RWM recycling and waste exhibition (NEC, Birmingham, UK 12-13 September 2018).

“After last week’s RWM Digital Marketing Masterclass in London, we got together with Nick and the new RWM team and talked through the best way forward,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.  “Everyone wants this show to be a success and so have taken the bold step of securing the stand opposite the entrance to the show.  Our aim is to have our stand full of working equipment to immediately capture the imagination of the visitors.”

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17
The Bunting & Master Magnets stand at RWM17

Bunting Magnetics has been gradually increasing their presence at the show over the past 5 years.

“We started with a small stand at the back of the hall,” said Dave.  “Over the past few years our presence in the recycling industry has grown, especially when we acquired Master Magnets [January 2017].  And our stand has gradually increased in size and moved towards the show entrance.”

On the larger stand, that will greet visitors to RWM, Bunting and Master Magnets plan to exhibit a wide range of Metal Separation equipment including:

“Exhibiting working equipment at exhibitions has always worked for us,” said Dave.  “Seeing is believing and that starts at an exhibition.  Last year, visitors saw the separation capabilities of our Stainless Steel Separator and Eddy Current Separator and subsequently conducted tests in our laboratory at Redditch.  We want to demonstrate what is possible with our new and innovative technology.”

The stand at RWM18 will be the largest Bunting and Master Magnets has ever had in Europe.

“As one of the biggest manufacturers of metal separation equipment in the world, we wanted to make a bold statement.  We have some great ideas for visitor engagement at RWM and are already starting on our planning!”

For further information on Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets and our range of metal separation equipment designed for the waste and recycling sector, please visit our website or contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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A Digital Future for RWM?

A New Vision for the UK’s Leading Waste and Recycling Exhibition

The message from the RWM digital marketing masterclass was clear.  The new owners, PRYSM Media, are going to do everything they can to breathe life into the event and turn it into a ‘must-attend’ show for anyone involved in waste management and recycling.

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The event was held at the impressive Google London HQ in St Giles High Street.  The new RWM management team, led by Nick Woore and Hassan Allan, spoke passionately about their successes at other business shows and outlined their plans to turn around the fortunes of the UK’s number one waste and recycling exhibition.

The presentation highlighted the need for exhibitors to get involved and take some responsibility for promoting the event before, during and after the date.  The new team have made a wide range of digital marketing tools available.  The message was clear – by working together, we can make RWM work.

Digital marketing gurus from Google and then Adtrak took to the stage. They talked about the trends of website traffic and methods that are proven to increase engagement and stimulate website activity and, ultimately, increase business.

One surprising statistic was the growth in website views on mobile phones, although our own data does not appear to support these figures.  Google talked about ways to maximise a company’s presence on their platform and also highlighted the need to be visual with photographs and video.  It was surprising to hear that YouTube was actually the World’s second largest search engine.

Adtrak got the whole audience involved with multi-choice questions and delivered some startling statistics:

  • The optimum page loading speed for a website is 2.4 seconds;
  • 41% of searches resulted in a click on an advertised entry (i.e. those commonly at the top or bottom of a page);
  • 75% of people do not search past page 1;

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There is no doubt that this was a positive step forward for RWM.  The organisers appear more enthusiastic and have a plan.  However, the message was clear – we as exhibitors also need to take action, promoting the event and engaging in digital marketing.  This might sound like common sense as it should already be a key part of any company’s marketing strategy.  For many it is not.  Digital marketing remains a mystery for many of the exhibitors and visitors of RWM, especially in the waste and recycling sector.  The new RWM team reported that the 409 exhibitors posted just over 500 #RWM17 tweets per day at the last RWM.  The 2017 organisers tweeted prolifically and many companies tweeted more than once and so the use of this platform was actually very limited.

Importantly, the new RWM team will provide help and support.

The recycling and waste industry and CIWM needs a UK based event and hopefully the PRYSM Media team can deliver. Irrespective of whether RWM is held every year or for two days instead of three, the industry sector needs to support the new organisers. Together maybe we can make this work.

For further information on Bunting Magnetics and our range of metal separation equipment designed for the waste and recycling sector, please visit our website or contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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Supporting Year of Engineering

Finding Our Future Engineers

In November 2017, the UK government announced that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers.  This is part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

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At Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets, we depend on the skills and experience of our engineering team.  Our future as a business is dependent on young people entering engineering.

To support the Year of Engineering, we plan to use photographs and videos to highlighting the importance of engineering in our everyday world.  Each month we will focus on a project where engineering ingenuity has resulted in the development or enhancement of a product and solved a problem for one of our customers.

The Art of Metal Separation

The vast majority of our design work revolves around Magnetism.  By utilising magnetic forces and principles we design and manufacture systems that can separate and detect metal in a non-metallic material.  In some applications, we can even separate individual metals.  These are called Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

Our first photographs and video focus on solving the problem of Metal Contamination in a plastics production process using the FF Drawer Magnet.  This Magnetic Separator has been designed to remove small and fine ferrous metal contamination from dry free-flowing materials such as plastic beads and even foodstuffs.

The FF Drawer Magnet has two key constituent parts:

  1. The outer fabricated metal housing;
  2. The internal high strength Tube Magnet assembly;

The outer body is designed and drawn by engineers in our drawing office based upon information provided by external Sales Engineers.  The internal engineering team will consider how the Drawer Magnet is going to fit into the customer’s production line looking at the overall size, type of connections, and accessibility.  This is then built by one of our skilled fabricators using the drawings.

Drawings are also provided to our assembly team to construct the high strength Tube Magnet assembly.  The high power of the Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets mean that care is needed and the assembly is only undertaken by skilled engineers.

Bunting FF Drawer Magnetic Separators

Our fabricator then combines the housing and the Tube Magnet assembly and it is ready for despatch to the customer.  Once arriving on site, the customer’s own engineering team will install the Magnetic Separator.

The Importance of Engineering

Engineers are involved in every stage of solving the metal contamination problem.  Capturing the problematic metal has significantly reduced the amount of waste and has protected delicate processing equipment.  For the customer, the Magnetic Separator is now a vital part of the process.

This is just one of many projects our engineers work on every day.

For further information on our engineering projects, please visit our website or contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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Search For Recycling Industry Representation in Germany

Germany Based Representative Required to Support Developing Business in the Recycling Sector

With the expanded Bunting and Master Magnets product portfolio of Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators and Metal Detectors, the search has started for a new representative in Germany for the recycling sector.

“With the addition of the Master Magnets range of separation equipment, we have identified exciting opportunities in the recycling sector in Germany,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.

Bunting and Master Magnets are exhibiting at the international waste and recycling exhibition IFAT (May 14-18, Munich, Germany) and are looking to find and appoint a new local representative before the start of the event.

“We now have one of the most extensive and complete ranges of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors in the world.  We are already exporting separation equipment to Germany and other countries, but recognise that we need a locally based representative,” said Dave.  “This is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with a recycling industry specialist.”

The expanded range of separation equipment used in the recycling sector includes:

Stainless Steel Separator

The revolutionary Stainless Steel Separator is installed after primary Magnetic Separation and Eddy Current Separation to remove either weakly magnetic materials from the primary product to produce a clean recycled material (eg UPVC window frames, recycled plastics, etc), or to recover valuable materials (eg stainless steel and PCBs).

Master Magnets Recycling Lives-7172Eddy Current Separators

The Eddy Current Separator (ECS) is an advanced metal sorting unit that is capable of separating non-ferrous metals such as aluminium and copper from dry recyclables.  A mobile Metal Separation Module incorporating the Eddy Current Separator and a high intensity Magnetic Drum (called the ‘Mastertrax‘) has proven very popular.

Permanent Overband Magnets

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Mastermag Overband Magnetic Separators are renowned around the world as the most effective units for the continuous removal of tramp ferrous material from a product stream.  Simply suspended across a conveyor belt, metal is lifted up and then discharged using a self cleaning belt.

Metal Detectors

Under the well-known brand, Metal Detection Ltd, Bunting has a varied range of Metal Detectors to suit many different applications. There are designs to suit a wide range of applications and sensitivities.

Magnetic Separators

Other Magnetic Separators in the range include Pulley Magnets, Drum Magnets, Scrap Drum Magnets, Electro Overband Magnets, and a wide range of smaller equipment including FF Drawer Grate Magnets and Plate Magnets.

For further information or to express interest (for representing Bunting in Germany or any other country), please contact Dave Hills on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: dhills@buntingeurope.com
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Record Number of Exhibitions for Bunting in 2018

Where To Meet Bunting and Master Magnets in 2018

In 2018, the Bunting and Master Magnets team will be exhibiting at 14 industry shows across Europe.

“This will be our most active year for exhibitions,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.  “Being visible at exhibitions and congresses in 2016 and 2017 has been really important in building our identity and growing our sales.  We want to take our technology to our potential customers and show them what it can do.”

The full exhibition and congress schedule is:

January

Bunting at IERC Jan 1817th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC2018 (Salzburg, Austria, 17-19 January).  The first congress of the year focused on E-waste (see the report – Changes in E Waste Management Highlighted at IERC 2018).  There was considerable interest in the Stainless Steel Separator;

April

Ceramitec (Munich, Germany, 10-13 April).  The leading international trade fair for ceramics and non-metallic minerals.  On show will be the Master Magnets range of mineral processing Magnetic Separators;

May

IFAT (Munich, Germany, 14-18 May).  The largest waste and recycling show in Europe.  Bunting now has one of the most complete ranges of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for recycling including the:

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

June

Hillhead (Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, UK, 26-28 June).  The premier event for the aggregates and quarrying industry in the UK.  Master Magnets has attended for many years, exhibiting their industry-standard Metal Detectors and Overband Magnets;

July

July is a busy month with two exhibitions:

CARS (NAEC, Stoneleigh, UK, 11-12 July).  The Complete Auto Recycling Show focuses on the recovery, dismantling and recycling of the car.  Separating the metals is a vital stage of the process where companies use the Stainless Steel Separator, Eddy Current Separators, and Scrap Drum Magnets;

WasteExpo (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Leamington Spa, UK 5th July).  The waste and skip trade exhibition run by Skip Hire Magazine where we are headline sponsors alongside Master Magnets.

September

RWM (NEC, Birmingham, UK, 12-13 September).  The largest waste and recycling exhibition in the UK.  Bunting and Master Magnets have been long-term supporters of the show and will have working Magnetic Separators on the stand.

October

Fakuma (Friedrichshafen, Germany, 16-20 October).  One of the leading plastics technology events in the world.  Bunting will be exhibiting Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to remove metal contamination during the virgin plastic production process and also separators used during plastics recycling.

November

This will be a busy month for overseas exhibitions with events in Italy and France.

Ecomondo (Rimini, Italy, 6-9 November).  An international event with an innovative format that brings together all sectors of the circular economy in a single platform: from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.  The show is the ideal platform to promote Magnetic Separation equipment used in the recycling sector and we will be supporting our new representative, Ital Goods.;

Emballage (Paris, France, 26-29 November).  The international trade show gathers together industry stakeholders from the food, liquids, cosmetics, beauty, luxury goods, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer goods sectors, offering them 4 days of meetings, demonstrations, innovation and presentations.  We will be on the stand of our local distributor, Pronix.  Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors are used extensively in the processing industries;

Pollutec (Lyon, France, 27-30 November).  The international trade show for environmental and energy stakeholders working for economic performance.  The final recycling focused event of 2018 and we will be supporting our local distributor BMS France;

December

img_1144Plast Eurasia (Istanbul, Turkey, 5-8 December).  The major plastic show for Turkey and the Middle East.  Bunting has exhibited previously and will be helping visitors solve their metal contamination problems.  As in 2016, we will be on the stand of our local representative Tepro Makine.

“It is an ambitious and exhibiting exhibition schedule for 2018,” explained Dave.  “With the Master Magnets product range we are now able to offer total metal separation solutions.  Attending leading industry exhibitions is vital to understand the needs of the industry and demonstrate how we can help.”

For further information on any of the listed exhibitions or any aspect of Metal Separation or Detection, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Changes in E Waste Management Highlighted at IERC 2018

Future of Electronics Recycling Discussed at 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress

IERC 2018 closed on Friday 19th January 2018 with a stark warning that changes are needed in the global management of E-waste.  Attending the congress were 480 international experts from 42 countries.

WEEE E WasteBunting Magnetics Europe’s Managing Director, Simon Ayling, was at the congress for the first time.

“All the leading companies and organisations involved in E-waste were present at the congress,” said Simon.  “There was a very honest and open assessment of the present state of the industry, with a focus on what needs to change.”

Many visitors to the Bunting Magnetics stand had issues with separating Stainless Steel.

“Stainless steel is clearly a major issue when processing WEEE.  Up until now, it has been difficult to effectively [physically and economically] extract the stainless steel.  This then causes problems with shredder wear and the contamination of the end product.  With the HISC and SSSC, we have Magnetic Separation solutions for both small and large sized Stainless Steel.”

At IERC 2018, there was a focus on change.  As developing countries introduce tighter restrictions on the shipment of waste in general [EPPM – China raises drawbridge on incoming overseas plastic waste], a more holistic approach is needed.

New technology, like the Bunting Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator, and increased automation were identified as being vital to improve WEEE recycling rates.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

The amount of E-waste is ever-increasing and the shrinking product size is making recycling increasingly difficult.  Rising collection costs and falling value of the end recycled product may lead to more localised e-recycling.  There also needs to be a clear political strategy with a standardisation of regulations.

WEEE E Waste“It was clear that the industry faces a challenging future,” observed Simon.  “Being able to successfully recycle WEEE can be prohibitively expensive and is further complicated with local and global environmental regulations.  Companies involved in processing E-waste are having to continually modify their businesses to survive in an ever-changing industry.  Hopefully, our Magnetic Separation technology will help.”

For further information on Metal Separation including Stainless Steel Recovery and Removal, or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Metal Separation at IERC 2018

Bunting Exhibiting at 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress (17-19 January 2018)

IERC, the first major recycling event of 2018, is being held in Salzburg, Austria between the 17th and 19th of January.  For the first time, Bunting Magnetics will have a stand at the event.

During the 3 day congress, experts from around the world will discuss the latest issues facing the recycling world such as the Chinese ban on plastic waste imports and the continued drive towards electric vehicles.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Technology is always high on the agenda as new innovations make it possible to recover and separate an increasing number of valuable metals whilst reducing the amount of unusable waste.

Bunting has developed a wide range of Magnetic Separator technology.  Following the acquisition of Master Magnets in January 2017, Bunting is able to provide solutions to separate any metals.

Stainless Steel Separation

Stainless Steel becomes very weakly magnetic when bent or cut (as when passed through a shredder).  Bunting developed two new Magnetic Separators, the High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC), and the Stainless Steel Separation Conveyor (SSSC).  Both systems have ultra high magnetic fields that enable the attraction and deflection of Stainless Steel, enabling separation.  Production sized equipment was recently on display the RWM 17 exhibition in the UK.

Non-Ferrous Metal Separation

The Eddy Current Separator remains a vital part of any recycling process, separating and recovering non-ferrous metals.  Master Magnets have a number of Eddy Current Separator configurations enabling the separation of large and very small non-ferrous metals.  In 2017, Master Magnets manufactured and shipped a record number of Eddy Current Separators.  This is as a direct result of companies seeing their equipment’s superior separation capabilities.

General Ferrous Metal Separation

Separating metal at stages is the key to enabling the best recovery and purity of metal.  General Magnetic Separators are commonly used earlier in the process to recovery or remove ferrous metals and include:

Bunting Europe’s Managing Director, Simon Ayling, will be at the congress.  If you have a specific application, please see us on our stand.

In the meantime, for further information on Metal Separation or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Top 10 Read Bunting Blogs of 2017

Which Magnetic Separator Articles Proved Popular in 2017?

In 2017, we have posted 48 articles and news stories on a wide range of subjects from metal contaminated food, environmental issues of plastic waste, and review of major trade shows such as Waste 17 and Interplas.

But which ones proved to be the most popular?

Here’s the top 10.

10 – Magnetic Separation Myths – You Can Block a Magnetic Field

The 8th of 10 myths on Magnetic Separation was published in February and highlighting how difficult it is to block out a magnetic field.

9 – Where are Metal Separators Positioned in a Plastics Plant?

This is one of the ‘Perfect Plant’ series of blogs, first published in March 2016, assessing a typical plastic plant and highlighting the best locations to remove metal contamination.

Perfect Plastics Plant

8 – ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury’ states FDA

On their website, the US FDA review the issue of metal contamination and highlight the dangers of consuming food products contaminated with metal.

7 – Cases of Metal Found in Food

For the UK’s Food Safety Week in June, we looked at recent high profile cases of metal being found in food and investigate how these problems could have been prevented.

6 – Magnetic Separation Myths – It Is Easy to Clean a Magnetic Separator

The 10th of the 10 Magnetic Separator myths was published in March, looking at the difficulties of cleaning high strength magnets and providing some simple solutions.

5 – Getting Metal Out of Recycled Tyres and Rubber

This article, assessing the best ways to remove metal from shredded rubber, was first published in April 2016, but still remains popular.

4 – How do you Separate Stainless Steel?

This article was published in April 2015 and highlights the challenges and solutions of separating stainless steel.

3 – 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts

In the week prior to the UK’s recycling and waste show RWM17, we investigated three facts on how the UK handles and recycles our waste.

2 – Bunting Acquires Master Magnets

In January, we announced the acquisition of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, Master Magnets.

1 – What is an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field?

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Despite the huge news coverage and interest in the acquisition of Master Magnets, the most read blog in 2017 was an article first published in August 2016.  The technical article explains the difference between an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field when used in a Magnetic Separator such as a Drum Magnet or Magnetic Pulley.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017 and please keep reading in 2018!

For further information on Metal Separation or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Top 10 Blogs Bunting 2017

Our 2017 Review

A Look Back at Our News & Blogs from 2017

2017 has been another busy and exciting time for Bunting Magnetics Europe with some great news stories.  In this blog we look back at the past 12 months and review the stories that hit our headlines.

January

bunting_master_magnetsWe started the year by announcing that Bunting had acquired leading UK Magnetic Separator and Metal Detection company Master Magnets.  This changed the Magnetic Separator landscape in Europe.

At the same time, the Bunting team was exhibiting at the Arabplast exhibition in Dubai.  The plastics focused event was attended and visited by plastics professionals across the region.  Sales were even made on the stand!

Our 7th of our 8 Magnetic Separator Myths examined the impossibility of achieving 100% metal separation.

To finish off January, we announced record sales in 2016 despite the backdrop of Brexit and political uncertainty.

February

We started the month with our 8th Magnetic Separator myth, asking if it was possible to block a magnetic field.

Bunting also joined the British Plastics Federation, reflecting our longtime involvement in the sector providing metal separation solutions.

Bunting at Exposolidos 2017

Our exhibition focus in the month was Exposolidos in Spain with our local representative SMED Tecnica.

In February, we also asked the question of whether our Environmental future is simple down to design?  This was written in response to the growing awareness of the environmental impact of waste that would gradually intensify through the year.

We finished off the month with the launch of the Teardrop Tube Magnet, ideal for use in fine powders where bridging might be an issue.

March

The strength of a Magnetic Separator is often expressed in ‘gauss’.  However, the vast majority of people are unable to measure gauss and so we showed a simple practical way to check the magnetic power using a simple spring balance.

Our 9th Magnetic Separator myth highlighted the dangers of strong Magnets and our 10th myth looked at ways to easily and safely clean captured metal off  Magnetic Separators.

We also investigated a US FDA report stating the ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury‘.

In March, we exhibited at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show in Farnborough UK.

April

Metal is commonly found in spices and we examined a typical plant and identified the best locations for Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

We also reported that we sold a record number of Plate Magnets in 2016 for export to Indonesia and 28 In-Line Magnets to a German baby food producer.

New Bunting Sales EmployeesWith the continued growth of the business, we were thrilled to announce the appointment of two new sales engineers, Tom Higginbottom and Gordon Kerr.

In April, UK supermarket Morrisons was hit by a metal-in-food scare and we looked at how this could have happened and ways in which such a problem could have been prevented.

May

Our Food Safety theme continued in May when, during a metal separation survey, we found large amounts of metal safely captured when processing rice.  Our Perfect Plant review assessed the best methods and equipment location to ensure that metal is removed from Processed Vegetables.

Exports continued to proved successful with the shipment of a HFS Drawer Magnet to a Plastics recycling company in France.

Our technical review in May reviewed the effect of high temperatures on Rare Earth Magnetic Separators.

June

There was a political flavour to news in June after the UK’s general election and we investigated what the leading parties were promising with regards to the environment.  At the same time, Bunting and Master Magnets were jointly exhibiting at Waste 17, a major UK recycling show in Manchester.

The week after, Bunting supported local representative BMS France at the FIP Solution Plastique exhibition in Lyon, France.

To mark the UK’s Food Safety Week, we reviewed recent cases of ‘metal’-in-food’ and the potential implications for the manufacturer, sales outlet, and customer.

July

Denis_Elkins_Bunting_Magnetics_Europe-2176In July, we were thrilled to announce the successful transition to ISO9001 2015 Quality and the ISO14001 2015 Environmental Standards.

In the media there was increasing attention on the issue of plastic waste in the environment and we commented on the necessity of a global strategy for Plastic Waste.

August

The environmental theme continued in August asking if the UK could realistically increase their metal packaging recycling rate by 10% by 2020.

September

As a prelude to RWM17, the UK’s largest waste and recycling show, we looked at 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts such as asking how much waste do we actually generate?

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

After exhibiting at RWM, there were many questions being asked by exhibitors and visitors about the future of the event despite the importance of recycling and the global waste problem.

October

Bunting Magnetics Europe at Interplas 2017

The UK’s leading plastics show, Interplas, is held every 3 years and, as in previous years, it was very well supported by both exhibitors and visitors.  The environmental issues associated with plastic waste was gathering momentum.

Removing metal from fine powders can be extremely difficult and we produced a technical report looking at the best techniques and ideal equipment.

Tom Higginbottom attended the successful Bulk Solids & Powders show SyMas in Poland with the local Bunting representative TEKPRO.

November

The Manufacturing and Engineering industries have been concerned about the lack of young engineers and hopefully initiatives such as Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will help address this issue.

We were also excited to report two consecutive record sales months in September and October.  2017 was proving to be as successful as 2016.

Our latest Perfect Plant review focused on the brewing of beer and ensuring that all metal is removed to protect delicate processing equipment and the taste of the beer.

December

Pantomine BlogThe BBC TV series Blue Planet had highlighted the global problem of plastic waste in our oceans.  However, as the pressure increased on the plastics sector, we asked whether Plastic was the Pantomime Villain of the recycling world?

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017.  If there are any topics that you would like reviewed, then please get in touch and send an email to Paul our press officer (press@buntingeurope.com).

For further information on Magnetic Separators or Metal Detectors please contact the Bunting team on:

Is Plastic the Recycling Pantomime Villain?

Pressure Grows on Plastics and the Environment

In 2017 the media has gradually increased the pressure on the plastics industry by highlighting the effect of waste plastic in our global environment.  This focus shows no sign of going away, with the UN oceans chief stating that Ocean plastic is a ‘planetary crisis’.  

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Ironically, in many cases plastics are primarily used because they reduce weight and thus save energy and our natural resources.  Plastic packaging also significantly reduces food waste by keeping it fresh and is used when transporting food around the globe.

The world’s first fully synthetic plastic dates back to 1907 when the material bakelite was invented in New York by Leo Baekeland.  He also coined the term ‘plastics’.  Since then plastic has become one of the most versatile and used materials on the planet.

So why have we fallen out of love with plastic?

In July, we reported that academics were predicting that there would be 12 million metric tonnes of plastic being in landfill or the natural environment by 2050.  The recent David Attenborough nature series Blue Planet II shown on BBC1 has shown how waste plastic is found in our oceans, even reaching the depths of the Mariana Trench.

However, as highlighted by the British Plastics Federation at the UK’s waste and recycling show RWM (held in Birmingham, UK September 2017), the ‘plastic waste’ problem is complicated.

bunting_metal_separation_module_recapture_plastics-7611The fundamental global problem is that 2 million people do not have access to solid waste collection (United Nations).  The properties of plastic that make it so useful in our everyday lives also makes it difficult to breakdown and easy to get blown and transported away from the rubbish dump and into the local environment.  Gradually, this plastic waste will migrate down to the sea.

The larger problem is the origin of plastic waste.  In the developed world of the USA and Europe, investment in research and technology means that those countries only contribute approximately 2% of the plastic found in oceans.  82% is estimated to originate in Asia (The British Plastics Federation).

The problem is not just a ‘plastic waste’ issue but a ‘waste’ issue in general.  Plastic is not the only product being thrown away and ending up in our oceans.  Industrial waste is a huge problem, but is presently not the focus of attention.  In many developing countries dealing with waste is simply not their most important problem to address.  Malnutrition, housing, transport, jobs are all higher on the list of priorities.

Plastic has become waste’s ‘pantomime villain’.

This global problem needs a global solution.  There is no doubt that the designers of plastic products have a huge responsibility and need to consider the consequences of ideas such as introducing plastic microbeads into cosmetic products.

Bunting BPI-6151In the UK, we presently recycle 29% of our plastic and our target for 2020 is 57%.  The figure is so low due to the complexity of the process and economics.  Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators and Metal Detectors remove metal and there is other technology to sort by colour and plastic type.  However, producing a useful plastic from waste that can be introduced as a raw material into primary plastic production (such as happens with aluminium and steel) is presently exceptionally difficult.  Until that happens, plastic waste will continue to pose a problem.

For further information on separating metal from plastics during the production of the virgin product or during the recycling process, please contact the Bunting team on:

Other articles on Plastics Recycling include: