The Living with Minerals 3 conference, held in London, UK, on 3 November 2008, was part of an ongoing campaign by the UK National Minerals Forum to highlight some of the difficulties facing the minerals industry in securing a licence to operate.
The UK is again considering underground nuclear waste storage. Delegates at an event at the Geological Society in London, UK, on 24 October, heard that site selection should be about meeting a risk target.
A brick containing 97% recycled glass has improved energy efficiency compared to clay bricks, claims UK firm Geofusion, based in Worcester. The geobrick is produced from a combination of container glass and cathode ray tube panel glass.
Converting mixed waste plastics and rubbers – including tyres, toys, toothbrushes and even carpets – into feedstock aromatic chemicals may be closer to reality. The Polyflow process works with a mixture of co-polymers and extrusions that would otherwise have gone to landfill.