For decades traditional membrane manufacturers have generated thousands of tons of plastics waste.
Membranes for industrial and municipal water treatment applications are disposed to landfills after 1 to 5 years of use. Given the resistant nature of chemicals like polymers, this gradual breakdown can take years to complete. Some plastics, for instance, are estimated to require approximately 450 years to decompose in a landfill.
One eight inches membrane weighs 15 kilograms. One reverse osmosis system with 650 elements will produce about 10 tons of plastic waste every replacement.
Therefore, imagine how many RO/NF/UF membranes are replaced worldwide per year and estimate how much plastic waste is generated in landfills.
The question of what we do with end-of-life plastic is of growing importance due to environmental concerns and the escalating disposal costs, often resulting from deliberate government policy.
Unlike traditional membrane suppliers, Persalt is concerned with this situation and has developed a membrane recycling process that converts these plastics into valuable materials to minimize waste disposal.
As part of Persalt's innovative solutions strategy, we have created a recycling concept, WeROcycle ™ (Reverse Osmosis Membranes Recycling). The users return their RO, NF, and UF elements supplied by Persalt to be recycled. We will provide the proper recycling of those materials without cost to the customers, reducing the environment's damage or pollution. The recycling process products are raw materials to produce other plastic goods once they can´t make new membranes.
The objective of WeROcycle ™ is to achieve zero Persalt membrane plastics to landfills and, therefore, 100% recovery of plastic waste.
Persalt also recycles competitors' membranes when customers replace their elements with Persalt ones, with no charge.
Persalt is at the forefront of this activity and is proud to maximize such membrane materials' reuse and reduce environmental impact.
For us, sustainability matters!
Given the current environmental and health hazards posed by plastic waste and the recycling challenges associated with plastic waste, it is clear that the world is in the midst of a crisis. Plastic waste has projections to increase by approximately 20% over the next 30 years, with almost half reaching landfills or the environment. Responsible plastic use is critical for effectively addressing plastic waste.
The environment around us is an essential part of human survival. We like to believe that companies who do not care about the environment do not understand how important it is to us and that it does not directly affect them. These are our reasons we should be concerned about the environment.
A clean environment is essential for healthy living. The more you don't care about our environment, the more it will become polluted with contaminants and toxins that harm our health.
When you buy a Persalt membrane, besides acquiring a high-quality product that matches or exceeds competitors' performance, you also promote safety for the environment. You will reduce your costs and additional troubles with disposals.
Please contact your Persalt's distributor for more details about how to proceed to return used elements for recycling.
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