World Council of Recycling Associations

| Dubbed the “United Nations of Recycling”, the World Council of Recycling Associations (WCRA) convened in Singapore on May 21 to hear about a hugely successful Global Recycling Day 2019.

Transboundary movements of new Basel Convention listings now controlled

| There are “major implications” for the recycling industry following the recent decision to list non-hazardous plastic waste that is not recyclable or is difficult to recycle under Annex II of the Basel Convention, it was confirmed to the BIR Plastics Committee meeting in Singapore on May 22.

Textiles and fashion industry must “embrace design for recycling”

| Recent months have brought higher-than-normal collection volumes but quality is declining owing to the combination of “fast fashion” and “an increasing awareness from consumers that textiles can be recycled”, observed Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID * Textilverwertungs AG in his opening comments as the new President of the BIR Textiles Division.

The Optimum Stationary Waste Wood Shredder

| The Wurzer Group has been relying on Lindner’s shredding technology for over ten years and has been successfully using the manufacturer's new Polaris 2800 in waste wood processing for over a year now. The result: few fines in the output, the highest throughput with the best machine availability – consistent, reliable and safe.

Waste Masters Africa

| “Waste Masters Africa” is a project launched by Global Recycling Foundation jointly with Mr. Van Kooten from Dutch Waste Management Association, to raise awareness about the need to stop dumping of waste.
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Packaging: Better Essential Requirements for Better Recyclability

| In the framework of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services presents its new position paper.

New listings to re-categorise non-hazardous plastic waste

| New listings agreed at the United Nations’ recent Basel Convention meeting in Geneva will effectively re-categorise non-hazardous plastic waste that is not recyclable or is difficult to recycle as requiring special consideration. This is almost certain to lead to a reduction in transboundary movements of these materials, according to BIR’s Trade & Environment Director Ross Bartley.

Nutritional profile of products from food waste

| Products from food waste present profitable innovation opportunities to food processors, says a new report from Future Market Insights. The use of patented technologies in manufacturing of products from food waste could be prompting high price points.
Rainer Sturm,

Plastic Waste Management Market to grow

| The global Plastic Waste Management market is estimated to have been valued at US$ 33,681.2 Mn by 2017 end and is expected to reach US$ 45,642.4 Mn by the end of 2026 while expanding at a CAGR of 3.9% over the forecast period.

Essential to find balance between trading and environmental needs

| “Free and fair trade is not free from regulation,” it was underlined to the BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting in Singapore on May 20 by Adina Renee Adler.

Recycled polyethylene facestock offers an industry-first

| The labelling industry’s first-ever facestock made from recycled polyethylene (rPE) has been introduced by Avery Dennison.
Dieter Schütz,

China’s shredder population surges to just short of US levels

| In a “dramatic” development, the number of shredders installed within China has soared by around 250 over the last two years to a new total of 317, it was revealed to the latest BIR Shredder Committee meeting by its Chairman, Alton Scott Newell III of Newell Recycling Equipment in the USA.

Expert platform for circular economy in construction

| With a shared goal of putting circular thinking at the heart of the construction sector, major European construction actors have come together with environmental and standardisation stakeholders to jointly request a comprehensive strategy on circular economy in construction.

“We need to educate people that we are the solution,” insists outgoing BIR President

| Recycling makes an annual contribution of US$ 350 billion to global GDP and this figure is forecast to rise to US$ 500 billion by 2025.

Crude steel production increases in April

| World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 156.7 million tonnes (Mt) in April 2019, a 6.4% increase compared to April 2018.