large companies sustainability

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  • The Development of Policies by Large Companies to Make Them More Sustainable
    • In the recycling of packaging material
      • The food industry - ASDA/Walmart in Didcot, Oxfordshire
        • Unwanted packaging was put into a skip that was needed collecting four times a week
          • This was very costly for ASDA due to the transportation from tips to landfill sites AND it was bad for the environment
            • ASDA now use balers from Mil-Tel which bale plastic to 10% of its original size
              • Now only one collection is needed every week
                • On top of that, the compressed plastic is collected by a company which recycle it into bin liners and other items. ASDA is paid for this useful material
                  • This benefits ASDA, as they are getting more money, AND the environment as there is less transportation, plastic is being recycled, and the landfills are being filled less
    • By encouraging customers to recycle products
      • The communications industry - Nokia
        • Over 50% of mobile phone users change their phone every year
          • 100% of the phone can be recycled
            • Old mobile phones can be used in the manufacture of trumpets, park benches or even gold rings
              • 44% of these phones are left in drawers at home
                • If every mobile phone user recycled one phone it would save 240,000 tonnes of raw materials
                  • Therefore, Nokia are promoting this campaign in stores which sell their phones and their website has information on where to find recycling points and the address to send the phone if there isn't a centre nearby.
    • During the manufacture of their product
      • General Electric
        • Have introduced many policies to make it operate in a more sustainable way
          • E.G.: by 2012 they'd reduce fresh water usage by 20% - this saved 7.4 million cubic metres of water - enough to fill 3,000 Olympic swimming pools
            • This was achieved by assessing their water usage and improving their water recycling. much of the water in their boilers and cooling towers will be recycled water
    • By encouraging employees to be more sustainable in the workplace
      • PTO
    • In power generation
      • Coal - Fired - Power Stations
        • Coal-fired power stations provide 38% of world's energy. In China it provides 75% of its energy.
          • They emit large amounts of nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide which are major contributors to climate change and acid rain.
            • CO2: Amine scrubbers can be fitted into the chimneys of power stations to remove (98% of) CO2 from waste gases
            • Sulphur Dioxide: if scrubbers are fitted into the flue of the power station, 95% of SO2 emissions can be removed
              • All of the powerstations in Germany have this.
            • Most PSs have systems fitted that remove 70%of Nitrogen emissions
  • Over 50% of mobile phone users change their phone every year
    • 100% of the phone can be recycled
      • Old mobile phones can be used in the manufacture of trumpets, park benches or even gold rings
        • 44% of these phones are left in drawers at home
          • If every mobile phone user recycled one phone it would save 240,000 tonnes of raw materials
            • Therefore, Nokia are promoting this campaign in stores which sell their phones and their website has information on where to find recycling points and the address to send the phone if there isn't a centre nearby.

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