Why the environment matters to me…

Peter Streinik

We’ve been more and more exposed to the advances of climate change over the last few years – and we are starting to witness a shift in mindset on the impact we can all have in driving change. So now, to celebrate all things sustainability, help share tips for smarter environmental thinking and remind each other just how much our carbon impact matters, we’re inviting colleagues, friends of the business and our peers in the wider industry to take part in this quickfire environmental Q&A.

Next up, it’s Peter Streinik, director of global strategy at UNTHA…

Where do you fit into the environmental sector? Tell us a little bit about your role at UNTHA…

I work across all six countries that UNTHA operates in, bringing together knowledge and insight from across the globe, to ensure that our innovations are industry leading and at the top of their game.

Complete the sentence – the UK is great at recycling…

…anything, when it has the right machinery in place. We’ve seen a totally different energy and appetite for shredding technology over the last 18 months. The environment has taken centre stage across the globe, and really pioneering sustainability initiatives are starting to take shape.

Which sector do you think could achieve significant environmental progress this year?

Logistics – there has been so much packaging waste building up in warehouses across the world thanks to Brexit and the pandemic. I don’t think that the industry knows the technology available to them. Shredders can be both mighty and compact and they could deal with the supply chains packaging ‘waste’ with ease.

What do you wish you’d known about the environment, as a child?

How interesting the technology can be… if the technology didn’t exist, it wouldn’t be possible to process wastes so that they could be transformed into alternative fuels such as SRF.

What’s the single biggest threat to the environment, in your opinion?

An aversion to processing tricky or difficult materials. Tyres, mattresses, and metals have long been sent to landfill, with operators focusing on processing the ‘good’ – or easy – material. Only by developing ways to treat dirtier or more complex ‘waste’ will we be able to establish truly closed loop models that turn more rubbish into reusable resources.

Share 1 tip to help people be ‘greener’, at work or at home:

Make sure your office spaces are filled with natural light. Being less reliant on artificial lighting can boost your mood and maximise energy efficiency.

Tell us an environmental statistic that you think people need to know:

Did you know that around 1.5 billion tyres reach the end of their life, globally, every year? Not only that, but 60% of these end up in landfill.

Complete the sentence – in 100 years’ time…

I hope that the waste industry is continuing to collaborate with tech specialists to advance ground-breaking innovations that change the shape of what’s possible.

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