Economy & Markets

The E-Waste crisis and how right to repair (and recycling) can fix it

| Here’s one shocking statistic to remind us why recycling matters more than ever: We are producing 50 million tons of electronic waste (“e-waste”) each...
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From spark test to smart tech—how and why scrap metal sorting has changed

| Today’s metal recycling yards are processing a higher volume and greater variety of scrap metals than ever before. That means efficient and accurate sorting—down to the specific alloy and grade of the material—is business-critical.
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Plastic Recyclers confirm first speakers for annual meeting

| The first day of the Annual Meeting will feature the PRE Working Group meetings, where PET, HDPE/PP and LDPE sessions will be open to the public.

Crude steel production continues to increase

| World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 162.7 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2019, a 5.4% increase compared to May 2018.

Steel packaging meets industry target 3 years earlier

| Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has hit an all-time high of 80.5%, according to figures issued by APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.

CO2 emissions from new cars increased in 2018

| According to provisional data published today by the European Environment Agency, the average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union in 2018 increased for the second consecutive year, reaching 120.4 grammes of CO2 per kilometre.

WEEE Forum appoints Global Ambassador

| In order to continue to share and enhance its e-waste operational know-how throughout the world, the WEEE Forum* appoints Philip Morton, its former President, as ‘global ambassador’, tasked with encouraging start-up e-waste take back organisations across the globe to join the WEEE Forum family.

ISO technical committee for circular economy formed

| While standards and initiatives abound for components of this, such as recycling, there is no current agreed global vision on how an organization can complete the circle. A new ISO technical committee for the circular economy has just been formed to do just that.

High demand for waste management equipment expected

| According to Persistence Market Research, the global waste management equipment market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period.
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Ways the hospitality sector is reducing its waste

| We've all seen the pictures of disgusting islands of plastic floating in the ocean. Of wildlife ensnared by litter, and landfills growing to grotesque proportions. Now more than ever we seem to have realised that our current approach to dealing with waste can't go on.

Coca-Cola uses 100% recycled plastic for some brands

| Coca-Cola, in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, has announced today its Honest, GLACÉAU Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands will all be sold in bottles made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET).
Plastics Recyclers Europe

How to increase flexible polyethylene recycling in Europe

| Plastics Recyclers Europe has published a paper identifying the prerequisites for increasing recycling of flexible polyethylene into a high-quality raw material while ensuring a sustainable and cost-effective process.
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Consumer and Recycling Advocates Condemn Loss of Last Recycling Center West of 405 Freeway

| At the site of the soon-to-be shuttered bottle Santa Monica Community Recycling Center, consumer advocates called on California lawmakers and regulators to rescue the failing redemption industry. The center, closing Saturday, is the last redemption center west of the 405, serving 200,000 people on LA's Westside.
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Is waste set to fuel our aeroplanes?

| There are more people jetting off on holiday than ever before and because of this, we’re seeing expansions at places like Heathrow Airport to keep up with the demand — but with more planes in the sky, are we looking for alternative sources of fuel?