In this meeting, Dr. Arash Rezaee, who has graduated from RWTH University of Aachen, Germany talked about his joint project with Dr. Musavi, faculty member of TMU, a project which is about designing, manufacturing and testing waste paper recycle machine at a semi-industrial scale.
He added that in Tehran, each day more than 8,000 tons of wastes are produced, 30 percent of which is dry and 70 percent is wet. The average recycling of dry waste was about 1700 tons or 16 percent last year.
Referring to the need for separating paper from cardboard, he said that to produce one ton of paper from natural fiber, 17 trees should be cut whereas recycling the dry wastes can reduce environmental damages, save natural resources, lower importation, and create jobs, benefits that necessitate more attention to this technology.
He further noted that Iran imported 1.300 million tons paper last year and in the next four years, this need will increase to 3 million tons. Most of these papers are used for newspaper and writing purposes. 14 million hectares of domestic forests are limited and cannot supply the internal needs.
At the end, Dr. Rezaee described the function of his machine (paper / cardboard separator)
He added that this project can lead to the introduction of modern European technology, updating and upgrading the initial model, domesticating the sorting technology and linking the recycle industry to the ultimate consumer.
Referring to the economic benefits of the project, Dr. Rezaee said that such projects could prevent the wasting of raw materials, better sorting, and ultimately higher quality products, decreasing paper and related goods import , increasing public participation, paving the way for exportation and bringing hard currency.