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Aleksandar Milović, Director Of Eko Unija SN

Through Development To A Circular Economy

In the age we live in we’ve become aware of the vital importance of the sustainable development of business operations and the establishing of all postulates of the circular economy, with the aim of finding an enduring solution to the environmental challenges that currently confront us. It is with this idea in mind that Eko Unija SN directs the further development of its current operations and the launching of development projects in the near future

As a material, metal is by its very constitution infinitely recyclable and represents the ideal material for establishing circular economy principles. The collection and processing of all kinds of scrap metal is the primary element of our business. This fact has led to our company establishing business standards that will ensure the greater efficiency of work, the further development of transparent operations and the absolute traceability of all materials collected and processed in the recycling process.

Our development process is followed by the securing of adequate collection capacities in the form of vehicles that adhere to the latest environmental standards in terms of emissions and have high transport capacities, which ensures we are able to reduce the required number of tours significantly, always taking care to ensure the optimal vehicle load. We have adequate processing capacities in terms of the quantities that can be processed and, most importantly, in terms of required standards of quality for material processing that enables an efficient and economical method of further recycling, and is thereby absolutely in accord with circular economy principles. Our development goals represent the monitoring of all trends in the domain of collecting and transporting secondary raw materials of all types and processing capacities, alongside close cooperation with recycling facilities in order for us to jointly raise existing standards, introduce new technologies and develop continuously.

Given the negative trends of the secondary raw materials market generally over the last few years, especially in the area of collecting and recycling plastics, we believe that demand for metal as a raw material will increase in the future. Such a trend also leads to a significant increase in demand for all types of metals as secondary raw materials, particularly copper, which is used in electronic devices, and aluminium, as the packaging material of the future.

Following the increased relevance of electrification in the automotive industry and the development of 5G networks, copper recycling gains great significance, and Eko Unija SN is establishing a system for collecting and processing electronic-electrical waste as one of its development projects. With the implementation and completion of this project, Eko Unija SN will expand its range of activities, and will do so entirely in the spirit of the circular economy.

Following the increased relevance of electrification in the automotive industry and the development of 5G networks, copper recycling gains great significance, and Eko Unija SN is establishing a system for collecting and processing electronic-electrical waste as one of its development projects

Moreover, like other development projects, our company is also establishing capacities to recycle waste vehicles, which will be guided by the highest environmental protection standards and will enable the maximum utilisation of all parts of waste vehicles, regardless of the type of material. With this expansion of its activities, Eko Unija SN will encompass processes of collecting and treating types of waste that will appear in large volumes in the near future and deploy its capacities to provide an efficient collection and treatment system, which will ensure the adequate disposal of these types of waste.

As a third aspect of the development of its operations, Eko Unija SN is working to develop a system for the primary and secondary collection of packaging waste via the realising of cooperation with local governments and public utilities enterprises. With the aim of establishing an adequate and sustainable system for managing municipal packaging waste, Eko Unija SN has engaged in development projects for establishing a system for the separating of recyclable packaging waste in an efficient and economically acceptable way.

The introduction of such a system will ensure, alongside quantities of waste that will end up in the recycling process, a satisfactory standard of quality for separated secondary raw materials, which will ensure further efficient recycling and provide adequately prepared quantities for the purposes of generating energy. This will secure significant quantities of alternative fuels and ensure that non-recyclable types of packaging waste do not end up in landfill sites, but rather are used purposefully and in accordance with the meeting of national objectives for packaging waste management. Quantities of primary and secondary separated packaging waste will be used in an appropriate way, either in the recycling process or in the energy generating process, with which they will strive to reach the end goal of eliminating the system of landfill sites and implementing a waste management system that implies recycling, energy generating and composting, and that is completely in line with the postulates of the circular economy.

Eko Unija SN will encompass processes of collecting and treating types of waste that will appear in large volumes in the near future and deploy its capacities to provide an efficient collection and treatment system, which will ensure the adequate disposal of these types of waste

And as the last aspect in the development of its operations, Eko Unija SN has initiated a project for the construction of a metal smelting plants that will enable the encircling of the entire circular economy process within the company, in terms of managing metal, EE and car waste, which starts from collection, via processing to culminate in final recycling.

With the ideas of the circular economy as a guide, Eko Unija SN monitors the natural and logical flow of each operation and thus establishes not only sustainable environmental protection, as the main goal, but also leads to the sustainable development of the company’s operations in all aspects, and particularly the economic and socially useful aspect.

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