Archive for Srpen, 2012

Development of a cyclic economy

The economic downturn has decimated the market for recycled materials like cardboard, plastic, newspaper and metals. Across the country, this junk is accumulating by the ton. Human beings would produce so much waste a day, while waste which is directly disposed could cause environmental pollution without sorting and recycling.

At present, Botswana current waste disposal methods are mostly in the traditional way of dumping landfill, taking up thousands of acres of land and flying insects and flies, overflowing sewage, sticking to high heaven, seriously polluting the environment. While western countries have widely used alternative waste disposal method – incineration. After high-temperature incineration of waste will not take up a lot of land though, but it needs not only amazing investment and will increase the risk of secondary pollution.

While no matter landfill or incineration, these ways are unnecessary waste for the resource, we continue to turn the limited resources into waste and then bury them, where our generations are to survive?

Therefore, the waste classification is imperative, not only can it reduce the footprint and environmental pollution, but also it can turn waste into wealth, with social, economic and ecological benefits in three areas. Such as the separation of the PPPE waste plastic, it can be used for washing, granulating, film blowing, bag making, can also be injection molding, moreover it also produce landscape WPC, while the PET bottle material, can be used for washing, granulating, clothing, or producing packing tape ; wood can make paper and so on. In short, waste is the one when mixed together, while after separation and recycling, it turns into wealth.

Ordinarily the material would be turned into products like car parts, book covers and boxes for electronics. But with the slump in the scrap market, a trickle is starting to head for landfills instead of a second life.

“It’s awful,” I guessed, on like scrap metals and aluminum where they are taken to South Africa for recycling, there is no market for cardboard, like old cereal, rice, pasta boxes and papers.

Looking at the office papers being used by government offices; departments and, many private companies together with tender documents submitted to various governments departments and different organization’s quarter-acre yard is already packed fence to fence. Either of all these profitable junks go to landfill or it begins to cost us environmental hazard; or even money to dispose.

There are no signs yet of a nationwide abandonment of landfill. But I flutter that after years of growth, the whole system is facing an abrupt shutdown.

Many large recyclers in China and South Africa are enjoying the waste product of our country, turning them into useful commodities, selling the recycle commodities back to us and at the same time making revenue to boost South Africa economy. Why must we rely on other countries; thinking that they are cleaning our country for us but rather using us to make their economy richer? Why should we continue to be paid P2.00 for a ton for what we think is a waste and then pay P500.00 to buy it again for reuse? Which economy has gain? P 2.00 or R 500.00?

The scrap market in general is closely tied to economic conditions because demand for some recyclables tracks closely with markets for new products. Cardboard, for instance, turns into the boxes that package electronics, rubber goes to shoe soles, and metal is made into auto parts .I want to assume that awareness into the forces behind the recycling should be a major need in our economy.

Botswana environmentally conscious inspectors have been able to pat themselves on the back and feel good about creating or building new landfills nationwide rather than suggesting to the government to create a serious recycling business programs for citizens.

A recycling business programs for citizens will help in curbing unemployment and at the same time boost our economy. But most recycling programs seen from other country benefiting from it have been driven as by speechmaking.

It is obvious that South African cities and their contractors made recycling easy in part because there was money to be made. Businesses, too — like grocery chains and other retailers — have profited by recycling thousands of tons of materials like cardboard each month. So why can’t Batswana  also do it rather than giving South Africa  to do it for us; in short, “Making money out of us”?

What economy should know is that; waste and food scraps will continue to emerge months after month as a mountain of loamy compost hazardous materials not allowing air to enter but rather allowing pungent odors wafting over the countryside. “This is the bad side of trash,”

I strongly believe there are more practical wealth, success and profits in recycling paper, particularly for the Botswana and some other Southern African market. Waste paper recycled products should be able to command rapid economic growth and revenue to Batswana and our government instead of dumping it into landfills. Not to sell it would be like burying money because of that, collecting paper for recycling should be at an all-time high.

Bagaetsho, this decade is the best for recycling markets ever and if you can’t make money recycling, you should go elsewhere. Recycling should be part of almost everyone’s life. Lets’ be a model of how to recoup from a stumble.

Polymer Corp. invests in injection molding division

Polymer Corp is expanding its injection molding division with a bigger press and a move from Monson, Mass., to nearby Palmer, Mass., which will increase its large-part manufacturing capability and provide more space.

“The main thing is that we outgrew our other facility. It is inefficient and we had to get more efficiency,” said President and CEO Bob Underwood, in a telephone interview.

The company, which is headquartered in Rockland, Mass., is converting about 58,000 square feet of what was formerly warehouse space in Palmer into a more modern manufacturing facility that it hopes will be ready in late September or early October.

“Our work production is much larger than it’s been in the last five to 10 years,” said Jim Ryan, the company’s chief operating officer.

The company is revamping the building for manufacturing, including new wiring and a 5-ton overhead crane, according to Ryan. Floors are being redone, and a clean room area is in the design stage.

The company has already ordered an 800 ton Haitian press to boost its capacity, and it will soon be delivered to the new facility. Overall, Polymer Corp. has 23 injection presses, ranging from 28 tons up to the new 800 ton.

Last year the company installed two 500 ton Haitian presses.

The move will be made in stages to provide continuity in the production process. It will start in mid-September with plans to be completed by the end of October.

“It is a very good location for our workforce and is close to the Mass Pike,” Ryan said.

The company’s existing facility in Monson has lower ceilings and was not built for modern manufacturing. The company looked at alternate locations, both in state and out of state. However, a key consideration was its skilled workforce. The company expects all 78 employees to make the move.

Ryan said Polymer Corp. worked closely with state and local officials. The state announced that the company will receive a 10-year tax increment financing package of $57,757 from the town of Palmer. It is also getting $368,486 in investment tax credits from the state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council. The project is expected to create 23 new jobs.

Underwood said the project was a significant investment and will allow for growth opportunities. Polymer Corp. does work that range from gunstocks and recoil pads for recreational firearms to medical equipment housings. It also does high-end industrial products and defense work.

The company also does liquid resin casting at its Rockland facility, and it has a Polymer marine division for undersea components for various industries.

“We’re having a really good year – a record year,” Underwood said.

He would not disclose sales figures, but noted that the company has had continuous growth through the downturn has seen a substantial pickup in business lately.