Worldsteel predicts slow growth

| The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016. Worldsteel forecasts that global steel demand will decrease by -1.7% to 1,513 Mt in 2015 following growth of 0.7% in 2014. In 2016, it is forecast that world steel demand will show growth of 0.7% and will reach 1,523 Mt.

New intelligent components for proven recycling technology

| Starlinger Recycling Technology has relaunched its Recostar universal line with revamped technology and design. According to the company, the new version features greater process variety, simplicity and ease of operation, as well as reduced energy consumption.

Prototype for microwave-supported drying technology

| Within the Hiperdry project, a new prototype dryer for plastics pellets has been developed, combining microwave heating with superheated steam convective drying. An optimum antenna design will allow for gentle microwave application allows gentle microwave application to avoid overheating or damaging the polymer. The system is designed for time and energy efficient drying of conventional and bio-plastics.

Terex Finlay introduces new crushing and screening models

| Terex Finlay recently hosted a UK customer open day in Doncaster, United Kingdom. The event attracted over 200 end user customers from the UK, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Russia.

UK households collect close to 500.000 tonnes of plastics packaging

| According to RECOUP, over 492,623 tonnes of plastics packaging was collected from UK households in 2014/15, an increase of around 30,000 tonnes or 6% on the previous year.

Battery recyclers adjusting to new material mix

| The battery recycling sector needs to adjust to the increasing volumes of lithium-ion batteries on the market. The number of lithium-ion batteries currently in use is constantly growing, particularly in the fields of electronics and electric mobility. This fact became evident last week in Montreux, Switzerland, where the international battery recycling industry came together at the International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2015.

Umicore set to invest in cobalt refining and recycling plant in Belgium

| Umicore today announced plans for significant investments at its site in Olen, Belgium. The investments, which are likely to total some €25 million, would centre on the upgrade of the cobalt refining and recycling plant. They would also involve the modernization of a number of on-site facilities in order to further improve the EHS performance of the site.

Solid waste disposal more than doubles EPA estimates

| A new Yale-led study indicates that the US is disposing of more than twice as much solid waste as expected.

EPA Proposes New Protections for International Hazardous Waste Shipments

| The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing enhancements to the oversight of hazardous waste shipments to help ensure safe management of imported and exported hazardous wastes.

Post-consumer scrap turns to high-quality extrudates

| APK has developed a technology capable of producing particularly high quality recycled regranulates from post-consumer film scrap originating from Germany's Dual System collection scheme (DSD). This scrap, known as fraction 310, consists of pieces of PE and PP film with a greater or lesser degree of contamination which is supplied to APK in bale form. The products leaving the elaborate cleaning, separation and recycling process are Mersalen LDPE Recompounds and also the particularly readily processable MDPE ReCompounds in pellet form.

Novel identification technology for differentiating post-consumer PET streams

| The Polymark Consortium has published its preliminary technical results outlining the successful development of food-contact approved chemical markers, a marking technique of the targeted packaging and a detection technology suitable for high speed sorting.

Circular economy study identifies 3 million jobs across Europe

| WRAP’s latest study shows expansion of the circular economy could create 3 million extra jobs and reduce unemployment by 520,000 across EU member states by 2030.

Suez publishes report exploring England’s recycling challenges

| A new report provides policy-makers with a 'blueprint' for raising household recycling rates now and into the future.

Packaging Value Chain Industries launch joint recommendations for a resource-efficient Circular Economy

| EUROPEN and 28 other associations representing a large range of industries and sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers and extended producer responsibility (EPR) organisations, announced a set of joint recommendations for the new Circular Economy proposals expected from the European Commission by the end of 2015.

Minimising landfilling: low hanging fruits for climate protection

| The European Commission should come up with a truly ambitious circular economy package as announced by its First Vice-President Frans Timmermans when the previous package was withdrawn.