Depositing of solid waste transported from municipalities in 1999
|Official dumping||15,63 million (m3)|
|Non-official dumping||1,12 million (m3)|
|Incineration||2,78 million (m3)|
|Other||0,33 million (m3)|
|Total||19,88 million (m3)|
Several factors dictate which method should be chosen (material type, quantities, material value, collection and transportation costs, sorting costs, legal framework). Currently in Hungary the proportion of waste ending in landfills is larger than that of the EU average. Landfill fees in Hungary are 70-80% lower than those in EU countries, and in the EU landfilling of many types of recyclable materials is prohibited.
Loacker Kft. places great emphasis on logistics. We actively invest in proper containers, mobil presses, on-site procesing machines (presses, grinding mills), special trucks. The goal is always proper equipment for each customer’s specific needs.
A great deal of investment is necessary to build processing capacity and maintain professional staff on yards conforming to environmental standards. Many expensive, specialized machines are required and the yard itself requires a huge amount of capital to be properly equipped to ensure environmental safety (proper sealed paving, oil-separation equipment, etc.)
International trade of secondary materials is necessary to supply steelworks, foundries, paper mills, textiles industry and rubber etc. with feedstock material for further environmentally sound production.
The industry employs the skills of hundreds of thousands of men and women as well as using a great armoury of sophisticated machinery.
Production from secondary raw materials results in dramatic energy savings when compared to primary production.
Secondary production is less polluting than primary production. Producing from recycled paper means 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution. Producing from recycled steel means 86% less air pollution.
An international business
Secondary material is not available uniformly around the world; it is transported on a considerable scale from areas where it is abundant to regions where it is in demand. A third of the 600 million tonnes of materials processed by the recycling industry annually is traded internationally.
A capital intensive business
Yearly turnover: 160 billion US dollars Yearly investments and R&D: 20 billion US dollars
More than 1.5 million people are directly employed by the recycling industry world-wide.)