THE RECOVERY AND VALORISATION OF THE PULPER COMPONENTS
We are developing our business with the environmental sustainability among the main objectives.
We separate as much as possible the material contained in the paper mills scrap, reintroducing it in the respective production cycles.
The pulper is a waste of extremely heterogeneous composition; up to now it has been difficult to give value and separate its components, destined for landfills or waste-to-energy plants. In these cases the materials the pulper is made of are lost forever, forcing to use new and virgin materials at the expense of the planet’s finite resources.
Today, thanks to the technologies we have developed, and to a business plan that foresees the economic sustainability of the activities, it is possible to separate the materials and recover:
- cellulose through powerful centrifuges,
- metallic materials with iron and eddy current rollers,
- the plastic for the pallets imoulding.
ANALYSIS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF r-PALLET AND WOODEN PALLET
A study commissioned to the Scuola Superiore S.Anna of the University of Pisa has shown how, under certain life and use hypotheses, our recycled plastic r-pallet has a lower environmental footprint than the wooden pallet; therefore, it can be said that this innovative product contributes to a greener development of the logistics chains, with all the obvious advantages that this entails.
LCA (life cycle assessment) shows, in general, the lower ecological footprint of the Repulp pallet compared to the traditional wooden pallet, this under the assumed conditions of use and life cycle.
The comparison between the two pallets refers to the impact categories that emerged as relevant from the previous analyzes. The comparison of the impacts of the two EPAL pallets, referring to 1 ton of goods transported over the life cycle, is shown in the table and in the figure showing the comparative graph.
The comparison between the two EPAL pallets, referred to 1 ton of goods transported, shows that the r-pallet has a significantly lower environmental impacts, even, on the categories of Particulate matter (-90% approximately), Ionizing radiation (-90% approximately ), Photochemical ozone formation (-80% approximately), Terrestrial eutrophication (-85% approximately), the Climate change category (-65% approximately) and the Mineral, fossil & ren resource depletion category (-80% approximately).
The activity carried out for Selene by the Prof. Iraldo of the Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa together with his work group on the LCA:
“The aim of the study is to analyze the environmental impacts of two types of pallets, made of wood and recycled plastic from pulper waste, and to make a comparison between them. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was carried out according to the PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) methodology for the assessment of the product’s environmental footprint as defined in the European Commission Recommendation 2013/179 / EU of 9 April 2013, relating to the use of common methodologies to measure and communicate environmental performance during the life cycle of products and organizations in terms of environmental performance, over the entire life cycle. Furthermore, for the plastic pallet, the aim is also to identify possible areas for improving environmental performance.”