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Balancing the needs of the circular economy and a toxic-free world

| Growing pressure to transition to the circular economy and the desire to eliminate legacy additives is proving to be a conundrum for the plastics recycling sector.

New CIWM strategy leads way to ‘A World beyond Waste’

| Launching its new strategy,, CIWM has outlined the role it will play in shaping the future of waste, recycling and resource management.
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New bio-recycling routes for food packaging and plastic waste

| The worldwide production of plastics is about 350 tonnes per year. The largest consuming sectors are agriculture and the food industry.

Recycling certifications for multi-layer films

| As a constituent of flexible multi-layer films for stand-up pouches, cyclic olefin copolymers (COC) from Topas Advanced Polymers are compatible with polyethylene film recycling streams. This has now been confirmed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
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De Bree Solutions modernises operation with wet processing

| De Bree Solutions, based in Belgium, has invested in a new wet processing solution from CDE as the company modernizes its operation to boost process efficiency and respond to growing demand.

Definitions for recycled plastics must not be set by companies

| Today, ECOS, Zero Waste Europe, and the Rethink Plastic alliance have sent a letter calling on the European Commission to put on hold...

Crude steel production increases

| World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 150.2 million tonnes (Mt) in February 2021, a 4.1% increase compared to February 2020.

EU microplastic ban just got a step closer, but has major loopholes

| EU plans to stop firms adding microplastic to almost all products have major loopholes that would keep pollution flooding into the environment for nearly a decade and reward unproven biodegradable plastics, environmental groups are warning.

PET-to-PET significantly increases capacities for food-grade rPET

| The Austrian recycling company installed another Starlinger bottle-to-bottle recycling system including SSP (solid state polycondensation) reactor at their production site in Austria.

Using coronavirus stimulus packages to enhance climate action

| Stimulus packages amounting to billions of euros have been and are being launched worldwide to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

A call for a more sustainable Digital Services Act

| The Digital Services Act represents a very good opportunity to bring sustainability into the digital debate, in line with the European Green Deal.

OECD: Progress in updating rules on international shipping of plastic waste

| OECD countries have agreed to update rules on the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes so that advance consent from destination countries will be required ahead of shipping.

EU environment ministers call for recovery programme in line with environmental and climate policy...

| The Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU recovery programme should substantially contribute to the environment and climate goals of the EU.
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Recyclability protocol for PP containers published

| RecyClass’ Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PP (polypropylene) is a guidance for carrying out laboratory analysis of the various design features of rigid packaging made from PP resin.

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