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Global Recycling Day takes place on 18th March each year. With its worldwide reach, it is a champion for everything to do with recycling, and why the world should be seeing waste as an opportunity.

This is something which is very close to the heart of the Carlton Forest Family.

With recycling and sustainability being high on the agenda of all businesses, and with recycling being recognised as a vital part of the circular economy and in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, finding ways of dealing with waste in a positive way is imperative.

The Global Recycling Day website states: “Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.’

This is of particular interest to our Renewables Division who are in the final phase of commissioning the UKs first continuous pyrolysis plant for end-of-tyres.

Once fully operational, it will become an important part in solving one of the UK’s hardest to recycle materials (end of life tyres) and will produce high value commodities from the process – pyrolysis oil and recovered carbon black (rCB) – that will deliver hugely positive impacts on the manufacturing streams that they can be used in.

Alex Matthias, Chief Development Officer, Carlton Forest Group commented; “Waste tyres pose a real problem for the UK and the globe, and our solution is the catalyst to solving the issue on our shores initially. It is initiatives and research projects such as ours that require greater funding and investment to allow the development of innovative ways of dealing with waste, and viewing it as a valuable commodity that when processed correctly can provide power, useful products and become a major part of the circular economy.”

Further information about Global Recycling Day can be found by visiting

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