RECYCLING magazine Trends, Analyses, Opinions, and Facts for the Recycling Industry Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rowe Nuremberg opens new paper sorting plant Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:19 +0000 The REDWAVE Process Monitoring and Control System (PMCS) allows maximum automation of systems as well as optimisation of the entire sorting process.]]>

The direction forward in Nuremberg are set for the highest quality standards in the field of waste paper sorting for household waste. To meet the steadily increasing demands on deinking cleanliness and efficiency, Rowe GmbH in Nurem­berg decided to fundamentally renew the existing waste paper sorting system and to bring it in line with state-of-the-art tech­nology.

In terms of fully automatic process optimisation, the paper sorting system that was put into operation at the beginning of this year, achieves the highest possible level of automation in the world while also operating at maximum plant efficiency. This is due mainly to the novel Redwave PMCS optimisation tool. In this process, the control technology continuously uses the material data of the near infrared sorters online and gives a visualisation of the changes in material quality on its display screen. The ma­terial flow is therefore monitored fully automatically and makes peaks in change of material or process disturbances immediately visible. The plant operator can now act and apply corrections im­mediately, if it is judged that product quality will be negatively im­pacted. Rowe achieves a consistently high output quality – even with fluctuating input.

Redwave has created this optimisation tool for its customers, to allow the operator a high depth of analysis of the sorting machi­nes for optimisation of the process. The Redwave PMCS can also be retrofitted to all types of sorting systems with Redwave sorting machines for optimum system control. This software tool is increasingly being used throughout Europe.

Using two sorting lines, the plant prepares about 25 tonnes of waste paper per hour to produce pure grade paper fractions. “Previously, building a plant for 200 tonnes a month, was just about conceivable. Now we do this in our lunch break,” comments the technical plant manager and proud operator of the new facility, Karlheinz Mankus from Rowe GmbH, with a smile.

“It was a bold but absolutely forward-thinking step that Rowe GmbH, Nuremberg, took when deciding to completely overhaul its waste paper sorting system. As a result, one of the most ad­vanced paper sorting systems in Europe has been developed. Using a moisture measurement system from Bavaria and the PMCS system from Redwave, Rowe has access to the latest grades of deinking at all times. Due to the ingenious plant concept from Entsorgungstechnik Bavaria GmbH, Rowe can react quickly to changes within minutes and can, therefore, always maintain a consistently high quality level, independent of fluctuations in input. This is a real innovation in the sector and has become an indispensable tool for Rowe”, says Ms Angela Hanke, Managing Director of Entsorgungstechnik Bavaria GmbH, who was the plant builder at Rowe.

The sorting system is equipped with tried and tested cardboard and fine screens for separation of cardboard and small conta­minants. Through the use of a specially developed intermediate bunker, the usual fluctuations in the input material are compensa­ted for by the variable, large-area cardboard fraction. The down­stream sorting units can therefore be optimally fed at all times.

After further mechanical separation of medium cardboard, a Redwave sorting machine is installed in each line which separates brown, grey and printed cardboard, as well as other contaminants such as Tetra Pak containers and plastics from the deinking ma­terial by means of NIR technology. A variety of sorting programs can be flexibly, quickly and easily set. Furthermore, the softwa­re of the sorting machine programs can be readily “taught” and expanded at any time according to market demand or customer requirements.

A third Redwave sorting system ensures high output rates and takes over the post-sorting of the spilled contaminant fractions. This machine performs a type of monitoring function and is re­sponsible for returning deinking from the output streams of the optical sorting machines to the paper cycle as part of a positive re-sorting stage. The deinking rate can be increased by several percent.

Managing Director Christian Ascherl-Landauer is certain he has made the right investment at the right time: “As a service partner for the city of Nuremberg, the local region and the paper indu­stry, it is part of our obligation to continuously come forward with technology innovation and approaches that are sustainable. The direction for the future of waste paper sorting has now been set, so that Rowe GmbH can continue to be a significant partner for the paper industry. Due to the long-standing cooperation and trust developed with Redwave and Entsorgungsstechnik Bavaria, we wanted to implement this large-scale project together. We have received excellent and ongoing support from initial planning to final assembly.”

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Jean-Marc Boursier new FEAD president Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:05:03 +0000 Jean-Marc BoursierAt its General Assembly on 21 June 2017 in Paris, FEAD appointed Jean-Marc Boursier as its new President taking over from David Palmer-Jones who chaired the European Federation of waste and resource management for three years.]]> Jean-Marc Boursier

“I am sure Jean-Marc’s experience and leadership as Suez’s Group Senior Executive Vice-President, in charge of Recycling and Waste Recovery Activities in Europe, and also as chairman of FNADE, the French member association, will be of great value to the FEAD community” said Palmer-Jones. “In his new position as FEAD president, he will play an important role in driving circularity in Europe’s industries”.

The private waste and resources management companies that FEAD represents have made the transition from waste to resource managers. As professionals, they have the skills and the experience to work with partners across the entire value chain: they cooperate with product designers, they optimise waste collection and sorting and they recover materials and energy.

“I’m convinced that FEAD has a key role to make the transition to a Circular Economy successful” said Jean-Marc Boursier. The private waste and resources management companies that FEAD represents are already in this on-going transition. We have to explain that improving resource and energy efficiency will bring both environmental and economic benefits”.

The well-attended FEAD Biennial Conference which took place on the same day was focused on driving circularity in Europe’s industries. This was a very opportune moment as by the end of June the European Commission is expected to launch a call for interest in order to set up a Circular Economy platform, which will continue to promote and make the Circular Economy happen by sharing good and bad practices and enhance cooperation between private and public entities.

Representatives from the European Commission joined an interactive panel discussion with the manufacturing industry and the Lund University on how to link up all the actors across the value chain which was appreciated by all the participants from across Europe. “Circular Economy is one of the few areas at European level for growth! We need to bring in a new generation of designers and make sure that consumers have confidence in products with recycled content”, said Sarah Nelen, DG ENV. Eric Liégeois, representing DG GROW, focused on the need to create a level playing field between primary and secondary raw materials. Three case studies on plastic materials, phosphoric acid and dismantling of end-of-life aircrafts were presented to illustrate the innovation potential of the sector to maximise value from waste.

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McGrath Waste officially launches €2.5million Mayo facility Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:50:00 +0000 McGrath WasteMcGrath Waste, Connaught’s largest waste stream collection, transportation and recovery firm, recently marked the launch of their new €2.5million state of the art waste facility plant in Moneenbradagh, Mayo with a visit from then prime minister, Enda Kenny.]]> McGrath Waste

The new facility replaces two smaller waste transfer facilities in Killala and Moneen in Castlebar and brings the current workforce from 30 up to 50 employees.

Established by Paddy and Nora McGrath forty years ago to recycle and dispose of waste for Travenol Laboratories, now Baxter, in Castlebar, the company is now managed by son and daughters Declan, Sinead and Ger McGrath and facilitates a disposal service of recyclables and general waste for over 7,000 large multi-nationals and SMEs in the Connaught region.

Additionally the firm collects over 100 skips on a weekly basis from various industries and households throughout the counties of Mayo and Sligo and operates a wheelie bin collection service for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors throught the province.

Commenting on the launch of their new Mayo facility, Director Sinead McGrath said: “We have been planning the construction of our new plant for a few years now and are delighted that it is finally a reality. We are much more centralised and have the capacity to cater for our customers’ needs well into the future, across the Connaught region.

“Following the introduction of the Pay By Weight regulations we’ve also invested over half a million pounds in a new fleet of refuse lorries that have been retro fitted with on board weighing technology to capture the weight of each and every collection.”

Mr. Kenny said: “It is fantastic to see a great multi-million expansion taking place in this region. A great achievement for the McGrath family and everyone involved.

“I hope there is an understanding that this facility is here because of the hard work, initiative and the endeavour of the McGrath family. It is a privilege for me as head of government and the Taoiseach to formally open this new facility.

“What we see here is the evolution of a business created by Paddy & Nora and taken on by Declan and his siblings to the next level, culminating in this state of the art recycling plant.”

Historically all waste collected in Ireland was sent to landfill sites but now the emphasis is on moving materials up the waste hierarchy by directing it away from landfill sites towards a waste to energy process.

Mrs McGrath explained that while their first aim is to recover and recycle as much waste as possible there can be residual leftover waste that they send off for further specialised recycling to ReGen Waste Ltd in Newry.

“We have a longterm relationship with ReGen, which is run by the Doherty family and employs over 200 people at their materials recovery facility across the border in Newry,” she said.

“Our target is to achieve a zero waste to landfill goal so Regen Waste’s work of segregating household waste not only helps us work towards our target but also sustains jobs in our business and creates and supports a large number of jobs in the next stage of the recovery process across Ireland,” added Mrs McGrath.

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DDR Forum & Expo 2017 held in Brussels Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:25:29 +0000 DDR Forum & ExpoHeld in Brussels, Belgium, from 14th to 16th of June, this event meant the first one able to gather the demolition, decontamination and recycling trades. ]]> DDR Forum & Expo

Organized by the European Demolition Association, EDA, in cooperation with the European Decontamination Institute, EDI, and the support of National Associations and several institutions, the DDR Forum & Expo 2017 turned around a high-level conference program and an exhibition area.

DDR Forum & Expo 2017 was an event never seen before, where professionals from different trades, but all related between them, had the opportunity to meet each other thanks to the same goal: go towards the Circular Economy.

This, as well as the chosen place to celebrate it, Brussels, allowed the participation of several stakeholders from different European institutions (associations, federations, included the European Commission…) that participated as speakers and panelists in the conference sessions, covering by this way multiple topics of interest for the attendants.

These institutions, in addition, supported the event as institutional partners, which moved professionals to the event to attend the Plenary and Workshop rooms, where different sessions took place simultaneously.

The institutional partners were the European Commission, Flemish Construction Confederation, European Builders Confederation, EBC; Construction Products Europe; Fédération Internationale du Recyclage, FIR, the Concrete Initiative; Metals for Buildings; European Aggregates Association, UEPG; European Convention for Constructional Steelwork, ECCS; European Federation of Glass Recyclers, FERVER; Committee for European Construction Equipment, CECE; and VITO.

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But not only the conference program made the event and not only the institutional partners attract professionals, the other main part of the event were the exhibitors, who made it possible thanks to their presence at the exhibition area.

They showed their machines, products and services to the contractors and potential clients that attended the DDR Forum & Expo 2017. 
Caterpillar launched its new 340F UHD track excavator with a resounding success, while the following supplier companies participated too: Liebherr, Keestrack, MB Dustcontrol, Dynaset, Atlas Copco, Arvi, Demarec, Arden Equipment, VTN Europe, Leotech, Hidraram, Grabiron, Rotar, DemTech-LaBounty, Spraystream, Antea Group and DDB. 
In addition, the contractor companies Despe and VI.BI, as well as the next fair INTERMAT 2018, supported the event.

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Waste-to-Energy plant demonstrates potential of heating from waste Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:13:16 +0000 Martin Kummer; pixelio.deIn the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week CEWEP organised a guided zour of Brussels waste-to-energy plant. ]]> Martin Kummer;

Director Daniel Van Lathem explained how the plant supplies heat to the brand new Dockx Shopping Centre via a pipeline and reported about future plans for the heating network extension.

The Brussels Waste-to-Energy plant used to produce only electricity, but it started delivering heat as well in early 2016. By doing this Brussels joined the most sustainable European cities that have an integrated approach to waste and energy management.

The participants heard that 10% of Europe’s energy to District Heating comes from Waste-to-Energy (WtE) incineration, and in some cities WtE incineration covers 50% and more of the local heat demand. According to CEWEP’s Managing Director Ella Stengler “we should explore further these low hanging fruits towards low carbon energy system and security of energy supply.”

“This includes to go away from landfilling waste that can be recycled or recovered. In EU28 we landfill about 900 million tonnes of waste, which is almost half of the volume of the Mount Everest”, she said and quotes a recent report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre stating that the energy embedded in this amount of waste is 1,409 petajoules1. “This corresponds to ca. 13% of the final energy consumption in households in EU28. At the same time the EU imports 53% of its energy every year at a cost of more than €1 billion a day. This should be changed”, she concludes.

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Copper: Preliminary Data for March 2017 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:36:22 +0000 World mine production is estimated to have declined by around 3.5% in the first quarter of 2017 and world refined production is estimated to have remained essentially unchanged in the first quarter of 2017. ]]>
World mine production is estimated to have declined by around 3.5% in the first quarter of 2017, with concentrate production declining by around 3% and solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) declining by 6%:
  • The decline in world mine production was mainly due to:
    • A 14% decline in production in Chile, the world’s biggest coppermine producing country, negatively affected by the strike at Escondida mine and lower output from Codelco mines.
    • A decline in Canada and Mongolia concentrates production of 18% and 23%, respectively, mainly due to lower grades inplanned mining sequencing.
    • A 10% decline in Indonesian concentrate production as output was constrained by a temporary ban on concentrate exports that started in January and ended in April.
  • However overall decline was partially offset by a 17% and 9% rise in Mexican (concentrate and SX-EW) and Peruvian (concentrate) output, respectively, with both countries benefi tting from new and expanded capacity that was not yet fully available in the same period of last year.
  • On a regional basis, production rose by 5% in Europe (including Russia) and 9% in Oceania while declining by 7% in the Americas and 5% in Africa, and remaining essentially unchanged in Asia.
World refined production is estimated to have remained essentially unchan ged in the first quarter of 2017 with primary production (electrolytic and electrowinning) declining by 2% and secondary production (from scrap) increasing by 13%:
  • Increased availability of scrap allowed world secondary refined production to increase, notably in China.
  • The main contributor to growth in world refined production was China (increase of 7%), followed by Mexico (12%) where expanded SX-EW capacity contributed to refined production growth.
  • However, overall growth was partially offset by an 18% decline in Chile, the second largest refined copper producer, where both primary electrolytic refined production and electrowinning production declined.
  • Production also declined in the third and fourth world leading refined copper producers, namely, Japan (in electrolytic production from concentrates) and in the United States (mainly in electrowinning output).
  • On a regional basis, refined output is estimated to have increased in Asia (5%), in Africa (2%) and in Europe (including Russia) (2%) while declining in the Americas (12%) and in Oceania (5%).
World apparent refined usage is estimated to have declined by around 3% in the first quarter of 2017:
  • Preliminary data indicates that although world ex-China usage might have grown by around 1%, growth was more than offset by a 6.5% decline in Chinese apparent demand.
  • Chinese apparent demand (excluding changes in unreported stocks) declined by 6.5% because although refined copper production increased by 7%, net imports of refined copper declined by 35%.
  • Among other major copper using countries, usage increased in India, Japan and Taiwan but declined in the United States and Germany.
  • On a regional basis, usage is estimated to have declined in all regions: in Africa by 1%, in Asia by 3% (when excluding China, Asia usage increased by 7%), in the Americas by 1% and in Europe by 5%.
World refined copper balance for the first quarter of 2017 indicates a surplus of around 165,000 t (including revisions to data previously presented):
  • This is mainly due to the decline in Chinese apparent demand (China currently represents 47% of the world copper refined usage).
  • In developing its global market balance, ICSG uses an apparent demand calculation for China that does not take into account changes in unreported stocks [State Reserve Bureau (SRB), producer, consumer, merchant/trader, bonded]. To facilitate global market analysis, however, an additional line item—Refined World Balance Adjusted for Chinese Bonded Stock Changes—is included in the table below that adjusts the world refined copper balance based on an average estimate of changes in unreported inventories provided by three consultants with expertise in China’s copper market.
  • In the first quarter of 2017, the world refined copper balance adjusted for changes in Chinese bonded stocks indicates a surplus of around 310,000 t.

Copper Prices and Stocks:

  • Based on the average of stock estimates provided by independent consultants, China’s bonded stocks increased by around 145,000 t in the first quarter of 2017 from the year-end 2016 level. Bonded stocks increased by around 120,000 t in the same period of last year.
  • The average LME cash price for May 2017 was US$5,591.50 per tonne, down from the April average of US$5,697.67 per tonne.
  • The 2017 high and low copper prices through the end of May were US$6,145.00 (on 14th Feb) and US$5,466 per tonne (on 8th May), respectively, and the year average was US$5,759.14 per tonne (18% above 2016 annual average).
  • As of the end of May, copper stocks held at the major metal exchanges (LME, COMEX, SHFE) totalled 650,043 t, an increase of 110,970 t (21%) from stocks held at the end of December 2016. Compared with the December 2016 levels, stocks were down at the LME (-1%) and up at SHFE (35%) and COMEX (78%).
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May 2017 crude steel production slightly higher than 2016 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:18:57 +0000 World crude steel production for the 67 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 143.3 million tonnes (Mt) in May 2017, a 2.0% increase compared to May 2016.]]>

China’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 72.3 Mt, an increase of 1.8% compared to May 2016. Japan produced 9.0 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, an increase of 0.1% compared to May 2016.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.8 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, a decrease of -1.4% compared to May 2016. Italy produced 2.1 Mt of crude steel, down by -4.1% on May 2016. France produced 1.4 Mt of crude steel, up by 21.5% compared to May 2016. Spain produced 1.2 Mt of crude steel, down by -3.7% on May 2016.

Turkey’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 3.3 Mt, up by 9.7% on May 2016.

The US produced 7.0 Mt of crude steel in May 2017, an increase of 0.2% compared to May 2016.

Brazil’s crude steel production for May 2017 was 2.9 Mt, up by 13.2% on May 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilisation ratio of the 67 countries in May 2017 was 71.8%. This is 0.5 percentage points higher than May 2016. Compared to April 2017, it is 1.8 percentage points lower.

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EU environment ministers should show more support for EU waste laws, says the EEB Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:35:27 +0000 Despite a disappointing Council position, a number of EU governments still support higher targets for waste management and prevention, a meeting between EU environment ministers revealed yesterday.]]>

Stronger national support for proposals to improve EU waste laws is needed to transition to a stronger and resource-efficient economy, says the EEB.

The proposals, already approved by the European Parliament in March, include higher recycling targets for municipal solid waste; targets for preparation for reuse of municipal solid waste and reuse of packaging; better separate collection of all waste streams, including biowaste; EU-wide rules for producer responsibility; and objectives to reduce waste generation by 2030.

Yesterday in Brussels the most vocal countries supporting a more ambitious approach, as proposed by the European Commission and Parliament, were Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden. Greece also renewed its support for higher recycling targets.

Denmark called for a more political discussion among EU environment ministers, lamenting that so far the negotiations have been mostly dominated by input from technical experts. However, the country did not disclose its position.

An investigation by the EEB last month found that there is growing support for higher recycling targets in many EU countries – particularly ones with high populations – but this was not reflected in the Council’s current position.

The Council’s negotiating mandate, agreed in May by member states representatives, is currently significantly lower than that put forward by the European Commission and Parliament in the inter-institutional negotiations taking place in Brussels.

By the end of the year, all three EU institutions – the European Commission, Parliament and Council – are expected to agree on the final text of the new waste laws.

Piotr Barczak, Waste Policy Officer at the EEB, said:

“The Council needs to come up with a new negotiating mandate that takes into account the positive position of certain member states. This must be a priority for the Estonian government, which will take over the presidency of the Council in July.”  

He added:

“We need environment ministers to be more involved in the negotiations. The divide we see today in the Council is a result of technical and often non-transparent discussions among working groups that do not represent the interests of the people, and do not take into account the importance of such proposals for the economy of their countries”.

“A 65% recycling target by 2030 like suggested by the European Commission is possible. Some municipalities across Europe have already achieved and gone beyond that.”

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Marketing & design crucial for advancing circularity of plastics Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:41:30 +0000 Plastics Recyclers EuropeProfessionals from the plastics recycling sector and its value chain have gathered at the Annual Meeting 2017 in Barcelona on the 15th of June at the conference that featured high-level speakers including European Commission, Waste Agency of Catalonia and brand owners.]]> Plastics Recyclers Europe

“Plastic material is at a turning point towards becoming circular,” said Ton Emans. “High quality recycling and integrating more recyclates in new products will help in accelerating that shift.
As we heard today from the European Commission and Waste Agency of Catalonia, policy makers have ambitious plans for enabling this transition and we, as the plastics recycling industry, are happy to be an important part of it,” he added.

The brand owners present at the conference demonstrated how they contribute to the circularity of plastics by integrating recyclates in their products, via their marketing strategies and via taking eco-design into consideration.

PRE has announced an ongoing study on the end-markets for recyclates which will be published in September current year.

The next PRE Annual Meeting will take place on the 11 and 12 of October in Cascais, Portugal.

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The Plastics Recycling Show Europe Returns to Amsterdam for 2018 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:29:57 +0000 Following its highly successful launch in March this year, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe, the first pan-European exhibition and conference solely dedicated to plastics recycling, have announced that the event will return to the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands on 24-25 April 2018.]]>

Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) continues its strong support for the exhibition and conference: “We are extremely delighted that after a successful launch of the PRS Europe show this year we can announce today the new dates for the 2018 edition of the show.” said Ton Emans, President, Plastics Recyclers Europe. “We are certain that with all the earned interest from different sectors and industries, we can grow the show and continue putting plastics recycling in the spotlight of a public debate.”


PRS Europe 2017 featured over 80 exhibiting companies, heard more than 40 conference speakers giving imaginative and inspirational presentations and had a total footfall close to 1,400 over two days.


“We have already had very keen interest in Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2018 from exhibitors, speakers and industry supporters,” said Matt Barber, Event Director at Crain Communications. “Our team look forward to building on the outstanding success of the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show and hosting an even bigger and better event in 2018.”


The Plastics Recycling Show is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.


The PRS conference examines a wide range of the latest industry themes including plastics recycling technology and innovation, materials, the regulatory background and the dynamic economics of plastics recycling.


Other industry bodies supporting the event include the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisation (EPRO), European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Plastics Europe and Vinyl Plus.

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Recoup’s plea – don’t slow us down! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:58:31 +0000 Member based plastics recycling organisation RECOUP continues to go from strength to strength with growth in member numbers, expanding initiatives and increased stakeholder engagement. ]]>

The role of RECOUP is to lead and inform the continued development of plastics recycling that is sustainable and protects resources. With support across all parts of the producer and recycling chain, it puts RECOUP in an ideal position to encourage genuine practical collaboration and knowledge transfer to achieve plastics circular economy success. In this role as plastic value chain co-ordinators, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the key issues and challenge current thinking.

Stuart Foster, CEO, at RECOUP, comments “there is more focus on plastic and sustainability than ever before, and we are looking to match that with action and progress. I have growing concerns that politics and positioning (and the time and resources it absorbs) from a growing number of associations, companies and NGO’s, is creating a wave of green rhetoric and media attention, but slowing delivery of effective programmes that would move us forward. We will continue to engage with the whole of the plastics supply chain with these issues and we are keen to keep the debate alive to advance plastics recycling and resource efficiency.”

RECOUP, to assist with cross sector collaboration, will be bringing together the whole of the plastics recycling supply chain in their annual Conference.   The event does not shy away from tackling the difficult questions that are likely to affect the future of plastics recycling.

Dr Helene Roberts, Group Marketing and Innovations Director, LINPAC, (RECOUP members) in support of the collaborative approach commented; “today, individual business can do much to innovate their products and services to make recycling easier and promote packaging as a valuable resource.  LINPAC has long been an advocate of increasing the resource efficiency and recyclability potential of plastic packaging to support a closed-loop recycling chain and ultimately, a circular economy.

A joined-up approach, in which we see collaboration between business, industry, local government and education of the consumer, is now key to growing a deeper understanding of plastics recycling sector challenges. To make a circular economy a reality in the future, every link in the chain needs to be committed to coming together to make a meaningful change and develop end markets for recycled materials.”

The plastic sector has long engaged with the circular economy debate and this is an aspiration of the industry with part of the supply chain looking at how they can work together to bring about change and opportunities for advancement.  The ocean plastics debate has traditionally been another story.   The media attention has made it the ‘elephant in the room’ of plastic material management but the challenge is how to engage in a positive way and have a rounded debate and understanding of all the issues.

Commenting further Paul Vanston, CEO of INCPEN, questions whether in the light of that media attention, “Ocean plastics, recyclability, recycled content, polymer rationalisation, composites, collection & capture – a multitude of issues that, when put together, are seriously challenging our whole value chain to arrive at collaborative answers.

Regulatory frameworks in the UK and Europe are set to change.  Uncertainty is rife for us all, so how do we move forward together?”

There is a willingness within the industry to move forward and up the pace of collaborative working and challenging thinking.

Further details of the RECOUP Conference 2017 can be found at

Headline sponsors for this year’s Conference are RPC bpi recycled products, with standard sponsorship from Suez, Aura Soma, Eurokey, Tomra Sorting, and MCS Corporate.

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Bulk bag discharging, pneumatic conveying boost plastic recycling productivity Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:51:16 +0000 A Spanish plastics company collects, sorts and recycles plastic scrap, which involves compounding and pelletising of resins using a mineral additive in powder form.]]>

Previously, operators manually dumped 25 kg sacks of the mineral powder (particle size of 10 μm) into a hopper from which the material gravity fed into an extruder along with the recycled material. The process was slow, labourious and dusty.

Now, the powder is discharged automatically from 700 kg bulk bags and conveyed to the extruder pneumatically at high rates, with less labour and little or no dust using a bulk bag discharger and a pneumatic conveying system from Flexicon.

The company engineer in charge says, “Manual handling has been greatly reduced with operators changing bulk bags only once or twice per shift, freeing workers for higher-value tasks.”

Bulk bag discharger speeds operation

Once a forklift positions a bulk bag alongside the Bulk-Out model BFH-C-X bulk bag discharger, a hoist and trolley suspended from a cantilevered I-beam lift the bag into position on the discharger frame.

The clean side of the bag spout attaches to the clean side of a Tele-Tube telescoping tube by means of a Spout-Lock clamp ring. The tube maintains constant downward tension on the bag as it empties and elongates, promoting material flow into the 226 ℓ hopper and containing dust.

A Flow Flexer agitation device raises and lowers edges of the bulk bag to promote the flow of mineral powder into the hopper, which is fitted with an agitator to promote the flow of material into a rotary valve at the pneumatic conveyor’s inlet.

A Power-Cincher flow-control valve cinches the bag spout concentrically, allowing partially empty bags to be tied off and removed with no leakage.

The engineer says, “The flow-control valve allows us to be more flexible with our production, as we can now remove a partially emptied bulk bag and replace it with another material required for producing a different type of plastic pellet.”

Pneumatic conveyor transports mineral powder to extruder

The 75 mm  diameter, 38 m long stainless steel conveying line of the Pneumati-Con pneumatic system delivers up to 1,000 kg/h of the material to a filter-receiver and receiving hopper above the extruder.

The mineral powder is separated from the air stream by a filter-receiver that includes a 220 ℓ capacity receiving hopper. Four air-jet fluidisers in the bottom of the hopper promote the flow of material as a volumetric feeder meters it into the extruder.

System operation is under PLC control, including timed filter cleaning, starting and stopping the pneumatic conveyor based on level sensor readings, and opening and closing of valves.

Discharger, pneumatic conveyor reduce manual handling  

“The bulk bag discharger and pneumatic conveying system have reduced the manual handling that our workers have to do and have helped us to clean up the plant,” commented the engineer. “The equipment has improved efficiency, because when the hopper above the extruder runs low, the controller alerts the operators, who then load another bulk bag, thereby reducing downtime.”

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ILZSG – preliminary data published Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:43:06 +0000 The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) released preliminary data for world lead and zinc supply and demand during the first four months of 2017. ]]>

Provisional data reported to the ILZSG indicate that world refined lead metal demand exceeded supply by 68kt during the first four months of 2017. Over the same period total reported stock levels increased by 2kt. A rise in global lead mine production of 13% compared to the first four months of 2016 as primarily due
to higher production in China which more than balanced a fall in Australia. An 8.4% increase in world refined lead metal output was mainly a consequence of higher output in
China, India and the United States. A sharp rise in net imports was the main influence on an increase in US apparent demand of 22.8%. There was also a strong rise in Chinese apparent usage of 16.4%. European demand increased by a more modest 1.5% with overall global demand up by 11.15%. Imports of lead contained in lead concentrates into China fell by 7kt to 224kt. Chinese net imports of lead metal amounted to 34kt compared to net exports of 10kt over the same period in 2016.

According to preliminary data recently compiled by the ILZSG, the global market for refined zinc metal was in deficit by 112kt over the first four months of 2017 with total reported inventories declining by 115kt over the same period. World zinc mine production increased by 7.3%. This was principally due to higher output in China, Eritrea, India, Peru and Turkey. Increases in refined zinc metal production in France, India and Kazakhstan were partially balanced by reductions in Canada, Peru and the Republic of Korea resulting in an overall global rise of 1.6%.
A rise in world refined zinc metal demand of 3.7% was primarily influenced by a 42.9% recovery in apparent usage in the United States. Usage in China fell by 0.7% and in Europe by 1.4%.
China imported a total of 385kt of zinc contained in zinc concentrates, an increase of 58kt compared to the same period of 2016. Chinese net imports of refined zinc metal amounted to 99kt, a decrease of 114kt.

Full details are available in the June 2017 edition of the Group’s 77 page ‘Lead and Zinc Statistics’ Bulletin.

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Amut Group: Booming Sales in South East Asia Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:21:07 +0000 Over 10 million euros is the turnover amount achieved with confirmed deals during and immediately after the Chinaplas in May. ]]>

“We have now a further evidence that the efforts invested in our R&D Department were on the right path in developing a technology mainly devoted to flexibility in production and to high speed performances. K Show was the international platform to firstly present ACF, the last series of thermoforming machine by AMUT-COMI, and the new generation of winders for stretch film castlines. Chinaplas is the consolidation of our good reputation as manufacturer with 100% Italian´technology and quality”- comments Mr. Piergianni Milani, President of AMUT GROUP, after the successful exhibition in Guangzhou and his trip to China, Cambodia and Malaysia together with Mr. Andrea Peretto, Sales
Manager in charge of the area.

TYCOPLAS Sdn Bhd, company leader in Malaysia for disposable articles production, purchased the thermoforming machine exhibited in operation during Chinaplas: an ACF 820 model for a daily output of 260.000 lunch boxes in PP.

SCGM Bhd, other Malaysian famous producer of disposable articles, confirm again their trust in AMUT-COMI technology purchasing four thermoforming machines – ACF820 new model – to produce containers in PP and PET. Lee Soon Seng Plastic Industries are historical customers of AMUT with 9 thermoforming machines and they are recently expanding the business with a new building in Kulai, Johor, with an area of 7.8 acres.

SKP – Seow Khim Polyethelen – big player in the packaging field in Singapore choose AMUT-COMI thermoforming machine to make noodles bowls. The machine, AMP 630-GP model, is equipped with 16-cavity mould for an hourly production of 22.000 cups.

HUALI INDUSTRIES is one of the bigger Chinese producer of edgebanding for furniture: the two twin lines bought from AMUT to produce profiles in ABS will inaugurate the new factory in Zhejiang Province.

JINGMEN KESHUN NEW MATERIAL, China located, will have a complete plant for waterproofing membranes in TPO, configuration 2 or 3 layers with reinforcement in glass fiber or polyester. The maximum width is 2.000 mm and the output up to 2.200 kg/h. The mineral filler powders are extruded through in-line processing.

CHIP MONG GROUP, well-known multinational Cambodian company, choose AMUT as partner for the TPP project which includes four lines to extrude rigid pipes in UPVC for electrical and sewage purpose, flex and corrugated pipes in HDPE and UPVC.

KLANG HOCK, company in Malaysia involved in the flexible packaging sector, will have in its factory a cast line for stretch film with the new ACP High Speed Winder with index of 18 sec. The line has 1,5 mt width, output up to 1100 kg/hour, four extruders with L/D 1:40, 5-layer feed block and automatic die.
The new generation of winder represents the state of the art in stretch film technology: the highspeed performance at 750 mt/min has been already demonstrated.

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EuPC launches European survey on the use of recycled plastics materials Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:57:56 +0000 In the light of the latest developments in the field of the EU circular economy and the approaching European strategy on plastics, the European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) has launched a European survey on the current and future use of recycled plastics materials (RPM) in Europe’s plastics converting industry.]]>

The importance of recycling was also addressed during the two-day conference A circular future with plastics, that EuPC organised together with the Spanish Plastics Association (ANAIP) earlier this June. The potential of the plastics converting industry is essential if we want to reach the ambitious recycling targets, especially as converting companies form by far the biggest part of the European plastics industry.

“Plastics Converters are the heart of the plastics industry.” (Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG Environment of the European Commission)

The survey is part of a larger initiative of EuPC to get deeper insights into the challenges the converting industry is facing regarding the use of RPM. Further surveys are expected to follow in 2018. EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis said about this survey’s goal:

“Our survey on the use of RPM in the plastics converting industry will enable EuPC to identify the difficulties we are facing as an industry and help to find solutions for the future.” (Alexandre Dangis, EuPC Managing Director)

The survey is open to all European companies active in the plastics converting industry and is available online in eight languages. It will remain accessible until the end of September and EuPC plans to publish the results during October 2017.

Click your language to participate: EnglishPolishItalianTurkishSpanishGermanFrenchBulgarian.

For more information contact Felix Miessen at

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Success with the synthesis of PET oligomers from biorecycled terephthalic acid Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:09:39 +0000 lichtkunst.73, pixelio.deCarbios has announced that it has taken a new step forward with the production of PET oligomers made out of terephthalic acid coming from its biorecycling process of PET plastic bottles.]]> lichtkunst.73,

The synthesis of PET is carried out in two major steps:

  • The first, considered to be the most critical, consists in the synthesis of PET oligomers from monomers of terephthalic acid and mono ethylene glycol.
  • The second allows the synthesis of PET by polycondensation of the oligomers previously obtained.

By succeeding in this first step, Carbios demonstrates that it is now possible to use PET plastic waste rather than fossil resources for the synthesis of PET oligomers.

Carbios previously demonstrated that it had successfully depolymerized PET bottles into its initial monomers. A first scale up of the process has since been performed. After a proof of concept at the scale of one hundred milliliters, this depolymerization was carried out in reactors of 5 and 100 liters. At such last scale, 20 kilos of PET have been treated and depolymerized at 90%. Performances of the depolymerization process were perfectly identical regardless of the reactors volume, showing by then the strength of this technology. At the end of the depolymerization process, the terephthalic acid produced has been collected and purified. Its purity reaches a level above 99% and analytic technics of reference do not allow to make any difference with commercial terephthalic acid produced from oil.

“We have demonstrated that the purity of the terephthalic acid obtained through our original enzymatic process allows the efficient synthesis of PET oligomers. This is a new important step that reinforces the industrial potential of our technology. We are very confident in the forthcoming demonstration of a complete recycling of PET waste into new PET bottles of same quality as the original products. It is now our short-term goal before operating, with key players of the PET value chain, a pilot plant and launching the industrial demonstration of the process” comments Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer of Carbios.

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Plastics Recycling Show Europe Returns to Amsterdam for 2018 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:06:05 +0000 Plastics Recyclers EuropeFollowing its successful launch in March this year, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe have announced that the event will return to the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands on 24-25 April 2018.]]> Plastics Recyclers Europe

Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) continues its strong support for the exhibition and conference: “We are extremely delighted that after a successful launch of the PRS Europe show this year we can announce today the new dates for the 2018 edition of the show.” said Ton Emans, President, Plastics Recyclers Europe. “We are certain that with all the earned interest from different sectors and industries, we can grow the show and continue putting plastics recycling in the spotlight of a public debate.”

PRS Europe 2017 featured over 80 exhibiting companies, heard more than 40 conference speakers giving imaginative and inspirational presentations and had a total footfall close to 1,400 over two days.

“We have already had very keen interest in Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2018 from exhibitors, speakers and industry supporters,” said Matt Barber, Event Director at Crain Communications. “Our team look forward to building on the outstanding success of the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show and hosting an even bigger and better event in 2018.”

The Plastics Recycling Show is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.

The PRS conference examines a wide range of the latest industry themes including plastics recycling technology and innovation, materials, the regulatory background and the dynamic economics of plastics recycling.

Other industry bodies supporting the event include the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisation (EPRO), European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Plastics Europe and Vinyl Plus.

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Eriez Europe releases new corporate video Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:03:47 +0000 Eriez Europe has released a new video showcasing their manufacturing and testing facilities in South Wales, UK. ]]>

The European Headquarters of the global company designs and manufactures industry-leading magnetic separation, metal detection, vibratory and fluid filtration equipment and was upgraded to the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard in November last year. Boasting 5,000sqm of manufacturing space, the fully-equipped facility includes 45 tonne lifting capacity, shot blasting unit, two paint booths, CNC router and in-house capacitive discharge magnetiser.

Eriez Europe serves over 80 markets including Mining, Minerals, Quarrying, Food, Plastics, Ceramics, Metalworking and Recycling and offers comprehensive testing facilities. The 380sqm purpose-built Recycling Test Centre equipped with Eriez’ full range of ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling machinery, enables customers to determine which combination of equipment is the best fit for their waste processing needs. Since launching in 2015, it has received a significant number of customers who have been able to see first-hand how Eriez equipment can help recover more materials and improve their profits.

The dedicated recycling testing facility complements the Laboratory Testing Centre, which houses wet and dry processing equipment, including the Powerflux Superconducting Magnet, High Intensity Magnetic Filter and Rare Earth Roll for testing on multiple applications.

Most recently, it was announced that £300,000 will be invested in a new rotor manufacturing facility at the European manufacturing headquarters, which will increase production capacity of Eddy Current Separators per year by more than a third.

This year, Eriez celebrates 75 years in business. The company has 10 manufacturing subsidiaries worldwide, employing 800 staff and is the world’s largest manufacturer of magnetic separation equipment.

John Curwen, Managing Director at Eriez Europe, said: ”We are immensely proud of our manufacturing and testing facilities here at Eriez Europe and the complete service we are able to offer our customers. The ability to manufacture in-house enables us to produce equipment to the highest quality and at the most competitive prices. Celebrating 75 years of manufacturing experience this year demonstrates the wealth of experience and knowledge Eriez has as a company in providing the most innovative separation solutions.”

The new video can be viewed on YouTube

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CEWEP comments on first Draft of Waste Incineration BREF Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:32:17 +0000 Martin Kummer; pixelio.deThe first draft (D1) of the reference document for best available techniques (BREF) for Waste Incineration (WI) was published on 24th May. On first reading, the Best Available Techniques Associated Emission Levels (BATAELs) proposed in D1 are stricter than the current emission standards for waste-to-energy plants.]]> Martin Kummer;

Once adopted, this document will have an important impact on the sector as all permits will have to be based on the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions 4 years after the publication in the Official Journal.
Some of the BAT Conclusions published on 24th May can be supported, whilst others might be quite challenging. Moreover, there are still many open questions and ambiguities, such as to which operating conditions the requirements in the BAT Conclusions refer to.
According to EU law, the values that the plants currently have to follow are the Emission Limit Values (ELVs) from Annex VI of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). BATAELs from previous versions of the BREF are not legally binding requirements and were obtained from average operational values. They had an informative purpose and were therefore of completely different nature than the current D1 BATAELs, that will be the basis to set new ELVs in permits for all operating conditions and that will thus be legally binding for European waste-to-energy plants.
If one compares – as one should – ELVs from the IED to the BATAELs proposed in D1 then it is clear that the upper end of the proposed D1 BATAELs is always lower or equal (when a pollutant is not considered a key environmental issue) than the relative ELV in the IED and the lower end of the proposed D1 BATAELs is always significantly lower than the relative ELV in the IED. Therefore, the proposed legally binding values in D1 are stricter than the current IED legally binding values and are thus quite ambitious.
The Waste Incineration sector has been the most stringently regulated industrial sector for many years. One of the consequences of this fact on the BREF review is that the data collection included most of the time quite low emission values. When emissions are at such low levels, then the uncertainty of the measurement becomes a very important topic (no measurement is exact, and the lower the measured value the less reliable the result of the measurement is) and needs to be tackled to avoid that monitoring requirements become inconsistent with future ELVs. CEWEP, ESWET and FEAD expected to see a mention of this issue and how this is taken into account in the BAT Conclusions. Without this, permitting authorities will lack an important piece of information to be able to use the BATAELs as ELVs.

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Outstanding PET bottle-to-bottle recycling results on Starlinger line Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:11:43 +0000 The Starlinger recoSTAR PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line which has been installed in April 2016 in the plastics recycling facility of Canadian water bottler Ice River Springs in Feversham, Ontario, is delivering excellent production results. ]]>

Due to Nordson’s BKG® Flex Disc filter cartridge, which has been included for melt filtration, the production output is even higher than the values guaranteed in the acceptance protocol. Also the purge rate has been reduced by 40%, and the melt loss due to backflushing is below the minimum values.

“Our Starlinger system with Flex Disc filters was a positive investment for Ice River Springs”, says a spokesperson from the company. “The new filtration system has improved our purification process, reduced waste, and improved performance to a level at, or beyond the commitment made by Starlinger. As recycling streams evolve and become more challenging, this reliable system will continue to provide the quality resin required by Ice River Springs in the coming years.”
“With the Nordson Flex Disc filter integrated into our PET recycling system, the melt loss that accumulates during the backflushing process in the course of the filter cleaning is down to 1.4 – 1.7% – a figure that is a lot lower than normal in PET bottle-to-bottle recycling processes”, explains Paul Niedl, Head of Sales at Starlinger recycling technology. “The filter works very efficiently; even when processing materials with high contamination that cannot be recycled on other lines, the backflushing melt loss increases to no more than 2%.”

The Nordson BKG® HiCon™ K-SWE-250-4K-75/RS-FC screen changer is a backflush melt filter system for continuous operation with two screen-bearing pistons and four screen cavities. With a total of approx. 4000 cm², the filtration area is 2.4 times larger than when using standard screens, filtering the melt with a fineness of 56µ. Another big advantage is the high process stabilization as 75% of the filtration area is available in the filtration process during screen change and backflushing.

The recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ recycling line is the second one Ice River Springs installed after purchasing the first PET recycling line from Starlinger recycling technology in 2010, also a recoSTAR PET iV+ system. The new line has a production capacity of 1,900 kg/h and recycles pre-washed PET bottle flakes from curb side collection in Canada. The bottled water producer is based in Feversham, Ontario, and has set up plants in Canada and the US. Ice River Springs is running its own PET bottle-to-bottle recycling operation, Blue Mountain Plastics in Shelburne, which is equipped with washing and recycling lines and produces bottles made of up to 100% recycled PET. In 2011, Ice River
Springs received the Letter of Non-Objection for its bottles produced from rPET from the Bureau of Chemical Safety/Food Directorate, Health Canada. The company runs a vertically integrated operation that also includes preform production and bottle filling plants, which complete the system for closed loop PET bottle recycling. Ice River Springs is the only beverage company in North America to operate such a system.

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