Economy & Markets


The plastics industry is changing – because it has to

| That’s the general consensus among some of Europe’s leading plastic industry commentators – the very people working to re-shape the industry.

Mobile Eddy Current for efficient metal recovery

| More and more recyclers are considering mobile metals separation from their recycle materials. More and more depth is being sought in the recycling of these materials, which is why more and more metals, such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, are being separated on location by mobile equipment.

Need for social inclusion in a circular economy

| On 7 November 2019, RREUSE held its 3rd International Conference in Berriozar, focusing on the role of social and solidarity enterprises in the circular economy.

Can the UK meet its zero waste target?

| It’s been one year since the first international rebellion was staged by Extinction Rebellion. This movement gained momentum until the May international rebellion drove Members of Parliament to declare a climate emergency in the UK.

Deep learning for sorting machines

| At Ecomondo Tomra launches Gain, a deep learning-based sorting technology, for advanced accuracy of complex sorting tasks at high throughput rates

Increased recycling rate for beverage cartons

| The Alliance for beverage cartons and the environment (ACE) has announced that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018.

More than 100 organisations celebrated second International E-Waste Day

| The second International E-Waste Day held on the 14th October to promote the proper management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has been hailed a huge success by its organisers, the WEEE Forum.

How is the construction sector combatting their waste?

| As the effects on the world become too great to deny, we’re seeing more and more focus turning towards the level of waste produced globally. A widespread understanding that this isn’t sustainable has lead to various sectors looking for ways to address their own waste issues.

Recology adds Max-AI technology to Pier 96 recycling center

| San Francisco-based Recology has added four Max-AI units and one VIS to the Recycle Central, a 200,000-square-foot materials recovery facility (MRF) the company operates on San Francisco’s Pier 96.

New project for depolymerisation of polystyrene

| Ineos Styrolution has announced an agreement with Sirap to develop packaging solutions based on chemically recycled polystyrene.

Slight decrease in september crude steel production

| World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 151.5 million tonnes (Mt) in September 2019, a 0.3% decrease compared to September 2018.

BASF and Greentown Labs announce startup finalists in Circularity Challenge

| BASF and Greentown Labs have selected five startups for their Circularity Challenge, a six-month accelerator program designed to advance innovative solutions to enable a circular economy.

Stadler opens new global headquarters

| Stadler has opened its new global headquarters in Germany last Friday (18 October) at a key-handover ceremony.

Remondis and Neste collaborate on chemical recycling

| Neste and Remondis have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste.