Waste to Product Exhibition

From Prevention through Separate Waste Collection to Recycling.

The exhibition entitled “Waste to Product”, which was created by ÖKO-Pack Non-profit Ltd. and the Association of Environmental Enterprises, continuous its cross-country trip!

Products from recycling companies can be seen at the exhibition; as well as the most remarkable companies, which process and recover waste, are represented.

We look for partners to organize new exhibitions. We welcome local governments, public institutions, civil organizations and environmental companies in order to jointly organize the raising awareness of the public. A follow-up event is necessary for environmental tenders.

The exhibition already reflects one of the innovative possibilities of using recycled materials in its appearance, as the installation of the exhibition itself was also made from cardboard (walls, tables, armchairs) thanks to Terbe Design. This is also remarkable because paper is commonly known to be the waste which is recycled in the largest quantities. For example, during the recycling process, cardboard and corrugated cardboard are produced which are essential products for packing industries. Furthermore, they are also popularly used for artistic purposes since furnishings and refined cardboard furniture can be made from recycled paper.

Products produced during the recycling of plastic waste constitute the most colourful and varied part of the exhibition because most types of the recycled products (raincoats, speed bumps, fence posts, fleece jumpers, etc.) are made from plastic waste and most of the recycling companies are active in this industry in Hungary. Though it is very important that if possible, we should avoid using plastic bags and other cheap, bad quality products made from plastic. At the exhibition we also provide some useful tips for the prevention.

The separate collection and utilization of aluminium cans are also in focus and are considered to be special because some of them are components of the ventilation fan of the London Underground. They are produced from the consumed beverage and beer cans in the aluminium recycling plant in the town called Apc situated at the foot of Mátra Mountain Range. With the spread of the local separate waste collection, mixed wastes used for energy purposes are appearing in larger quantities apart from the recyclable waste. This is the reason why the recovery of mixed waste from plastic carried out in the plants of cement industries appear at the exhibition apart from the energy recovery of tyres, bone meal and waste oil, since in cement industries the recovered energy can be considered to be the final product of the reusable waste.

Apart from generating energy, the recovery of waste tyres are more frequently used for the cover of playgrounds, running surfaces and sound silencer walls. The floor tiles produced by the pressing of the remaining waste tyres make the exhibition even more colourful, much to the delight of children.

The separate collection and the recovery of electronic waste appeared as rapidly developing new industries after the legislative background for financing had been provided. Nowadays basic materials are particularly produced from these wastes but it is also common to produce finished products from the recycling of plastic coverage of electrical and electronic equipment, which can also be seen at the exhibition.

Composting“has become fashionable” recently and is playing a more and more important role as the laws in Hungary and in the EU provide that the proportion of solid waste shall be significantly reduced in the areas. As a consequence, domestic and industrial composting with its essential role in waste management is presented with several tips and ideas at the exhibition such as the basket compost, which has spurred several people into action since it was invented.

The Products from Waste Exhibition is mainly designed to inform the public, especially schools and universities. At the beginning, more than 350.000 children saw the different methods of recycling. This awareness-raising work is ensured by the educational DVD prepared for them which is constantly played at the exhibition. The DVD has just been granted international recognition as it has won the Comenius-EduMedia Award, which has become one of the most recognized multimedia educational products.

It is not a secret that the organizers of the exhibition also aim to alleviate the misconceptions about the fact that the waste collected separately is mixed. The work of the 100 companies engaged in waste recovery serves as a good evidence for it, which could not be carried out without the contribution of the environmentally conscious public. To mention an example, 65.000 tonnes of separate waste was collected in Hungary in 2010.

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