As a company distributing heavy equipment in the environmental and construction field. Our activity concerns sorting centres, as well as the forest industry and organic waste. Our main objective is to highlight the importance of waste materials for the circular economy in order to affirm the growing interest of Quebec society for ecology and the circular economy.
Our partners are professionals looking to revalue construction or demolition waste, asphalt, wood, all types of plastics and other types of material derivatives that can undergo a transformation.
To help you better understand this concept, we will try, in this description, to explain to you what residuals we do business with and how they contribute to the circular economy.
What are the waste materials and where do they come from?
When we talk about waste, it is a generic term for several families of residues or waste.
In fact, waste materials can have different origins. Some are derived from impurities in raw materials, while others come from a manufacturing process, from the environment itself or, in the vast majority of cases, from human consumption activities.
The analysis and detection of these detritus is far from easy but fortunately, technology has made great progress in this area. This is why it is now possible to separate them during sorting operations and then process them according to their category.
What is the circular economy?
The circular economy is a very special practice used in production, exchange or consumption. Its aim is to make the most of the use of resources throughout the different phases of a life cycle, by adopting a system that promotes the circulation of materials infinitely, in the economy.
It is therefore an excellent alternative to the conventional economic model based on a linear logic, in other words, take, manufacture, use and eliminate.
Thanks to the circular economy, we hope to be able to preserve resources by limiting their extraction or waste and to reduce the presence of waste materials of both industrial and domestic origin.
We also aspire to help solve problems related to the cost of raw materials and a possible shortage in this market.
What’s our role?
Our contribution to the circular economy is to supply waste management agencies with equipment necessary for the smooth running of this operation. These can be waste collection centres or food waste from various establishments such as hospitals, agri-food companies, restaurants and many more!
Our equipment is innovative, reliable and of high quality; it therefore has all the necessary qualities to best support our clients in the realization of their projects.
What role for waste materials in the circular economy?
The most important thing to know is that waste can be used as a basis for the manufacture of non-polluting fuels or renewable chemicals. This is obviously very useful for retraining to the circular economy faster than expected.
With this in mind, technology has been developed to obtain inexhaustible chemicals from non-recyclable waste. The latter will be present in the paints, solvents, glues plastics or textiles that are part of our daily environment.
This technique, which can complement recycling and composting, relies on waste materials such as textiles, non-recyclable plastics, woody waste or used food containers. By adopting this process, the circular economy has found a stable and efficient tool to further assert itself as a key remedy to all the ills that the sector has been suffering for some time.
The benefits of the circular economy
The diversion of waste materials is beneficial to the environment in the sense that it reduces the rate of greenhouse gas emissions, severely exacerbating the problems of climate change. It also has the merit of restricting or even eliminating landfills, thus positively impacting the planet, to provide us with a healthier world where we can live.
The other advantage of the circular economy is that it is likely to add to employment, especially since the reuse of waste materials is closer to creating work opportunities than eliminating them.
Note also that the recovery of these detritus has a positive impact on the price of products that have not been too expensive to make and are then much more affordable.
Finally, these processes can allow companies to regain competitiveness in certain markets.
The strategies of the circular economy
The strategies listed under this business model are twelve and are listed in 4 categories. They can adapt to the specifics of each organisation or territory, in their context and the resources involved.
Strategies to reduce the amount of
untouched resources consumed
These strategies are part of the overall effort to address the major challenges of the inevitabledepletion of certain ephemeral natural resources, with the noble aim of protecting ecosystems. This requires ecodesigning, accountability for consumption and supply, and optimization of operations.
These aim to increase the frequency of use of products, using a collaborative economy, favouring use and sharing rather than the possession of goods and spaces. They are also based on short-term leasing.
Strategies to extend the lifespan of products.
This means ensuring the sustainability of products and components through a good maintenance and repair plan or resale and donation. Reconditioning and functionality economy are also key strategies of the circular economy.
Voghel, as a partner, is always looking to extend the life of the equipment we provide! That is why we propose the reconditioning of equipment when it is the best option both financially and in terms of the operation of these machines. We know that investments in the necessary equipment are profitable over the long term and that is why our maintenance service is the best in the industry.
Strategies that give resources a new life.
They are all the more important for the circular economy because they can transform waste into a means of restarting the production machine instead of being the end of a process.
They are based on industrial ecology, recycling and composting, but also on the recovery of resources.
Our environmental equipment is manufactured with the aim of democratizing the circular economy, while providing quality jobs for professionals in this industry.
The world has much to gain from the success of the circular economy because it promises substantial changes in the medium and long term while respecting nature.