There is still hope for plastics to become more sustainable. However, they are not yet circular. The same goes for WEEE, especially in eastern European countries. And the option to reuse is still mainly being ignored by many manufacturers.
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A mindset change is needed
With its current report, the Circular Buildings Coalition wants to show the way to more circular buildings.
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Gentle method enables recycling of solar cells
By using a new method, precious metals can be efficiently recovered from thin-film solar cells.
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Good for environment and economy
Although reuse is second in the waste hierarchy, in many cases manufacturers still rely on disposable products.
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Keeping to the boundaries
Scientists show that high recycling rates combined with the use of biomass and CO2 could lead to sustainable plastics production
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Making WEEE circular everywhere
While many industrialised countries have developed appropriate systems, there is still a lot of catching up to do in other regions.
Making e-waste recycling commonplace
Ghana-based startup AppCyclers has developed a web- and app-based solution for local e-waste management.
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Not a question of price
Deposit systems are becoming increasingly popular. However, not with beverage producers, who are worried about their sales.
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PVC moves towards sustainability
The most used type of plastic in construction is PVC. However, its advantages also make it the plastic that generates the most waste.
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Recycling is not yet circular
Sustainable plastics will not be achievable without disrupting an industry that does not take carbon emissions into account.
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The SeeElefant – a concept for unique recycling
The SeeElefant is a concept for a cargo ship that is to be converted into a processing ship for recycling plastic waste.
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The consequences elsewhere
For years, the EU has been working to become circular. However, the measures taken also have an impact on other countries.