| In his first Convention welcome address as President of BIR, Tom Bird set out the key priorities for his term in office, including membership expansion and a close working relationship with the media to promote the vast environmental, economic and social contribution of the recycling industry.

New Chairman sets goal of closer East/West co-operation

| Heading up his first meeting as Chairman of BIR’s Tyres & Rubber Committee, Max Craipeau of China-based Greencore Resources Ltd confirmed that he wanted to use his new position to promote closer co-operation between the industry in the West and that in Asia “where very innovative solutions to recycle tyres and rubber scrap are also being used and developed”.

Game-changing developments for plastics recycling in Europe

| “We need to convey the message that recycling is resource-efficient and climate-efficient,” insisted Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary General of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, in his presentation to the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in Budapest on October 14.

New bottle-to-bottle technology by Erema

| According to Erema, the new Vacunite technology offers efficient decontamination, best colour values, top IV stability and low energy consumption.

Time to change from a “hazard” to a “risk” approach

| Challenges and innovation in WEEE recycling within Europe formed the core of a guest presentation to the BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting in Budapest on October 14.

“Unavoidable” technological advances in plastics recycling

| “The alarm bells are ringing louder and louder” for plastics recyclers amid worrying economic developments and wider uncertainties, warned BIR Plastics Committee Chairman Henk Alssema of Netherlands-based Vita Plastics in his introductory remarks to the body’s latest meeting in Budapest on October 14.

Measuring the polymer composition directly at the recycling machine

| The demand for quality in plastics recycling is increasing constantly. Achieving a circular economy for plastics relies on higher proportions of recycled pellets being used in end products - and increasingly in challenging consumer goods.