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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.
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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.
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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.
lichtkunst.73, pixelio.de

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.

Ragg invests in mobile shredder

| Recycling specialist Ragg GmbH has invested in a new mobile shredder from Untha, as the waste management firm seeks to boost material throughput across its Austrian sites.

Untha shredder advances Geocycle’s co-processing strategy

| Global waste management specialist Geocycle is pushing ahead with its worldwide co-processing strategy, with the investment in new shredding technology for its Spanish operation.

Lindner wins Global CemFuels Award for innovation of the year

| For its new drive, Lindner Recycling tech won the Global CemFuels Award in the category ‘Alternative Fuels Innovation of the Year’ at the 14th Global CemFuels Conference.

AMCS acquires Trux Route Management Systems

| AMCS, a supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and resource industries has announced the acquisition of Canada-based software solutions provider for the waste industry, Trux Route Management Systems.

Global Recycling Foundation launches Recycling Heroes Competition

| On 3 February, the Global Recycling Foundation will launch its global Recycling Heroes competition, celebrating stakeholders ahead of Global Recycling Day 2020 on 18 March.

K: Steinert shows sorting of black plastics

| The sorting of black plastics into pure grades to close recycling loops will be the focus of Steinert's presence at K Trade fair.
Rainer Sturm, pixelio.de

Robust performance in challenging market conditions and compared to record levels in 2018

| Umicore delivered a robust performance in the first half of 2019 with revenues amounting to € 1.6 billion and a recurring EBIT of € 240 million against a backdrop of challenging conditions in key industries and reduced consumer confidence, especially impacting the automotive sector. Free cash flows improved substantially year on year.

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