Prevention … : 3. Valuation consists in giving a new life to the waste:
4. Putting the waste in dump is the oldest solution. But it poses serious problems. Prevention :
The wastes of some countries In Egypt, Packaging Co considered that in 1986, the lack of packagings and logistics made them lose 42 % of the production of vegetable oil. In Poland, on the other hand, it is more or less 50 % of the production that is lost.
What are packagings used for ? Packagings help a lot. Here is a short summary.
Transport and storage. The cardboard boxes which allow to pile televisions, boxes of eggs … The devices which were damaged during a transport will see their price fall.
The protection of products. Packagings are used to protect products, they also guarantee the good preservation of certain fragile objects against shocks.
The packaging serves to inform the consumer about the qualities of the food. Other information is also given … The information.
What are the different kinds of packagings? How to classify them? The packagings.
How to classify the packagings? The primary packagings or in sale The secondary packagings or of bulkings The tertiary packagings or of transport
Household packagings represent about 1/7 of the total amount of waste. 325.000 Tonnes of glass 86.000 Tonnes of steel 152.000 Tonnes of paper - cardboard 11.000 Tonnes of aluminium 53.500 Tonnes of PET 17.000 Tonnes of HDPE 20.500 Tonnes of drinking carton 107.000 Tonnes of other recyclable material 1.300 Tonnes of other not recycable material
Warning rather than curing How to avoid that packagings become waste?
Less waste Savings of about twenty procents of materials, virgin or recycled, are not rare. However, the prevention should not decrease the quality of the packaging: preservation of food,
The art of saving Old New This new cardbox only weighs 135 grams, While the former one weighed 245 grams. Moreover the new one is stronger!
Diminution This saving of material (HDPE plastic) of 9 % represents 8 tonnes less each year. But that is not all. This modification automatically leads to a reduction of the height of the packagings of cardboard bulking, and thus the volume of transport.
Towards mono materials Today the packaging is " mono material " (box) and can thus be tidied up in the fraction "paper- cardboard" of the selective collections.
Concentrated products In 1996, at this manufacturer, this measure lead to an economy of consumption of 100 tons of cardboard and 172 tons of plastic. It results from it a decrease of 68 % of the weight by unit.
The visible … and the invisible Prevention efforts are not always visible or spectacular. But their final result on the environment is. And that is the most important.
Use for a different use These to be taken paper bags (used to contain the order of customers of the drive-in restaurants or of those who wish to eat outside of the restaurants) underwent the following modifications: Former packaging on base of virgin cleared fibers New packaging on base of recycled and not cleared fibers
Qualitative prevention By simplifying the visual on the packaging, the manufacturer reduced the quantity of ink and thus the weight of the packaging. For a same weight of film, a manufacturer can make 3,5 % packaging more.
Refills We were used to refills for washing machine and cleaning products. Here is the refillable glue stick. Thanks to a system of pawl, the refill is easily placed.
Re-use for internal use in companies This packer delivers empty bottles to his clients, the manifacturers. Before, he used to deliver his bottles piled on six levels and separated by cardboard trays that can only be used once.
Solution There isnt a good one. But if we all make an effort the situation will improve.