Material Recovery

This subgroup includes the management of metal and non-metal waste and other materials into secondary raw materials (materials originating from recycling), usually involving mechanical or chemical processes. This subgroup includes the recycling of materials from waste collections, such as: - Separation and selection of recyclable materials from non-hazardous waste collections. - Separation and selection of recoverable materials, such as paper, plastics, beverage cans, and scrap metal. Examples of mechanical and chemical transformation processes to obtain secondary raw materials are: - Mechanical shredding of metal waste, such as cars, washing machines, old bicycles, etc., followed by sorting and separation. - Disassembling of cars, computers, televisions, and other equipment for recycling. - Mechanical reduction of large iron pieces, e.g., railway carriages. - Shredding or cutting of metal waste, scrap vehicles, and the like. - Other mechanical management methods, such as cutting and compressing to reduce volume. - Ship dismantling. - Reclaiming metals from photographic waste, e.g., film and photographic paper. - Reclaiming rubber, such as old tires, to produce secondary materials. - Plastic sorting to produce secondary materials for pipes, flower pots, pallets, etc. - Processing (cleaning, dissolution, grinding) of plastic or rubber waste into granules. - Crushing, cleaning, and selection of glass waste. - Crushing, cleaning, and selection of other waste, such as demolition waste, to obtain secondary materials. - Processing used oils and fats into secondary materials. - Processing food, beverage, and tobacco waste and residual substances into secondary materials. This subgroup does not include: - Manufacturing final products (whether produced in-house or not) from secondary metal materials, such as spinning yarn from agate stock, making paper pulp from paper waste, retreading tires, or producing metal from scrap metal. Refer to relevant categories under "C" (industries) for these activities. - Reprocessing of nuclear fuel materials, see 2011. - Melting down scrap and waste metal, see 2410. - Treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste, see 3821. - Organic waste treatment for disposal, see 3821. - Energy recovery from non-hazardous waste incineration processes, see 3821. - Disposal of used goods such as refrigerators to eliminate hazardous waste, see 3822. - Treatment and disposal of radioactive waste from hospitals, etc., see 3822. - Management and disposal of toxic and contaminated waste, see 3822. - Disassembling cars, computers, televisions, and other equipment to obtain reusable (resellable) parts, see category G. - Wholesale trade in recyclable materials, see 4669.

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