Economy & Markets

What is next for increasing flexible packaging recycling?

| A new study reveals collection, design for recycling and uptake of recyclates as the main drivers.
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Report: Companies fail to address plastic pollution crisis

| As You Sow has released its Waste & Opportunity 2020: Searching for Corporate Leadership report analyzing the actions, or inactions, of 50 of the largest U.S. consumer-facing companies to reduce plastic pollution.

Particularly wide filling opening for easy filling

| The ever-increasing use of plastic and cardboard, as well as the growing mountains of packaging waste, have also increased the demands on recycling.

New initiative to deliver recycled packaging in India

| Manjushree Technopack Limited (MTL), India’s largest rigid plastics packaging company and backed by Advent International, has launched its initiative “Born Again” to deliver recycled packaging material to the FMCG Industry and support brands in their journey of creating a greener world.

The European plastics recycling industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plummeting...

| The European plastics recycling industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plummeting oil prices have resulted in a sharp decline of virgin plastics prices.

5 rules of establishing a successful equipment maintenance strategy

| Recycling is a fundamental part of industry today. Metal recycling is not only a necessity for a sustainable industrial model but offers both cost and waste reduction for production and manufacturing facilities.

Sales of medical waste containers to soar

| The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for medical waste containers.
Dieter Schütz,

Substantially higher scrap use “the first logical step” to greener steelmaking

| The ferrous scrap industry “has great long-term prospects” given the increasingly sharp focus on “green” steelmaking, the BIR Ferrous Division’s first-ever eForum commodity session was assured on June 9 by guest speaker Renate Featherstone, Principal Analyst - Multi-Commodity Research, at Wood Mackenzie in the UK. 

Refinishing flooring surfaces offers more than 75% reduced carbon footprint

| A recent report from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute confirms that refinishing hardwood and resilient floors is more sustainable for the environment than replacing the flooring surfaces.

Plastics: Demand-pull measures crucial to recycling industry’s survival

| Demand for recycled plastics has been “very weak”, “huge” stocks are overhanging the market and many companies are struggling with “a lack of liquidity”, while at the same time low oil values have driven down prime plastic prices.
Christine Becker,

Geomega obtains U.S. patent approval

| Geomega Resources Inc., a rare earth clean technologies developer for mining and recycling, has announced that Geomega’s patent application US15/578,498 titled, “A system and a method for metallurgical extraction of rare earth elements and niobium,” has been approved for granting by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Indonesian ruling on scrap imports underscores value of recycling

| In what amounts to a major win for manufacturers, recyclers, and those purchasing goods with recycled content, the Indonesian government has confirmed the use of a two percent contamination rate for scrap commodity imports.

Tomra Recycling with digital product launch

| Under the theme of ‘Symphony of all Sorts’, Tomra Sorting Recycling has launched two new products – Tomra’s new generation technology Autosort and Autosort Speedair, and also outlined plans for the forthcoming launch of a third new solution, Autosort Cybot.

BIR survey to shed light on top safety hazards within shredder operations

| The BIR Shredder Committee was “very excited” about its first-ever membership survey into shredder-related incidents and injuries, reported its Chairman Alton Scott Newell III of Newell Recycling Equipment in the USA.
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