| For those of us who’ve worked in or with the waste industry for a while, it certainly feels like times are changing. A public obsession with single use plastics, rallying cries for better food waste segregation and management, and the emergence of the new agenda in town: the circular economy.

Metso is relocating its waste recycling business in Denmark

| Metso has decided to relocate its' waste recycling business to new built factory and office facility in Denmark
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Inclusion of minimum recycled content gathers support

| EuRIC and FEAD fully support the European Parliament’s draft report issued on 9th July, to make it mandatory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025.

ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with administration

| As tensions escalate amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) this week requested the U.S. government make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China.
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Microbes fully metabolize biodegradable plastics

| Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) succeeded in an interdisciplinary study to demonstrate that soil microorganisms metabolically utilised the carbon in the PBAT polymer both for energy production and also to build up microbial biomass.

Electrolux partners with food waste startup Karma

| Electrolux has announced it is investing in Sweden-based Karma, a startup that helps restaurants and supermarkets reduce food waste by selling unsold food to consumers.