Circular economy and WEEE

| Last week, around 450 industry representatives came to Salzburg for the International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC. More than 39 different nations were represented.

Fujitsu cuts food waste disposal costs

| Fujitsu Technology and Business of America reduced labour and carting costs associated with food waste disposal at its corporate cafeteria by installing a biodigester that converts food solids into drain-safe wastewater in 24 hours.

UPM and Yara complete fertiliser project taken to good use

| UPM's and Yara's joint nutrient recycling project has been completed. The Finnish Ministry of the Environment granted funding to this project under the Raki 2 nutrient recycling programme to investigate the possibility of developing a functional and cost-efficient recycled fertiliser for industrial-scale production.

APEJ reigns supreme in recycled construction aggregates market

| According to a recent Fact.MR study, the recycled construction aggregates market continues to remain influenced by a plethora of factors, ranging from resurgent construction activities to infrastructure development efforts of governments worldwide, particularly in developing economies.

Carpet Recycling UK: landfill diversion of carpet waste rises

| The volume of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK has shown a modest increase with 175,252 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2018, according to Carpet Recycling UK.

Circular Electronics Day aims to extend the lifespan of electronics

| On January 24, Circular Electronics Day takes place for the second time. More than twelve organizations internationally stand behind the initiative which aims to increase awareness of why electronic products should be given a longer life through repairs, upgrades and reuse.

The world does not get more circular

| According to the Circularity Gap Report by Circle Economy, only 9% of materials are reused globally.

Umicore in top 10 of world’s most sustainable corporations

| Umicore has been ranked 7th in the 2019 top 100 of the world’s most sustainable companies published by Corporate Knights, a research division focused on sustainable performance rankings.

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe announces 2019 finalists

| The shortlist for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 has been published. The winners will be announced on 11 April, during the secondday of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

Carbios and TWB receive €7.5 million funding

| Carbios and Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) have announced €7.5 million of funding from the Investments for the Future Program operated by ADEME to support, over a period of 39 months, the scale-up of the Company's industrial and commercial PET plastics and fibers biorecycling project.

Report: 58% of food produced in Canada is wasted

| According to a new report by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International, nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada – amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes – is lost and wasted annually.

RIGK helps Chile achieve an effective circular economy

| German disposal specialist enjoys huge success in sensitising Chilean farmers to recycling used agricultural plastics, with 35 tonnes of plastic waste for sustainable recycling in the first collection alone.

Dutch and Swedish recycling industries supports Global Recycling Foundation

| The Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA), the Dutch Industrial Secondary Raw Materials Association for construction and civil engineering (VIB), the Dutch recycling federation FHG and the Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association (SRI) have announced their status as ‘Founding Friends’ of the Global Recycling Foundation, becoming some of the earliest donors of the foundation.

Plastics recycling & circular economy conference and showcase

| Chinaplas 2019, with its aim to promote the plastics and rubber industries’ development by focusing on technology and creativity, offers an international platform for the release and exchange of information related to advanced new technologies.

Andritz to supply refrigerator recycling plant in France

| Andritz has received an order from Remondis Electrorecycling SAS to supply a complete recycling plant for refrigeration appliances to their dismantling center in Saint Thibault, France.