Science & technology

The climate cost of ‘disposable smartphones’

| Extending the lifespan of smartphones and other electronics by just one year would save the EU as much carbon emissions as taking 2 million cars off the roads annually, a new study reveals.

Tomra launches solution for sorting smallest metal fractions

| Tomra Sorting Recycling has launched a new machine, the X-TRACT X6 FINES, for the high-purity sorting of mixed non-ferrous metal fractions at Aluminum USA.

South Australia embraces the circular economy

| South Australia has embraced the circular economy with a state-wide ban of single-use plastics, a commitment to renewable energy and a roster of reputable companies driving reuse.

SDGs: Scientists call for urgent, targeted, action

| A new relationship between people and nature is needed as climate change and biodiversity loss threaten progress

Carpet waste recycling plant pilot for polypropylene

| A consortium of internationally-based companies and organisations has secured European funding for the ISOPREP project which aims to recycle the polypropylene element found in synthetic carpet waste into a much higher quality polypropylene output that can subsequently be used in the manufacture of premium polypropylene-based products.

Fast and affordable material ID

| The new Vanta Element XRF analyzer offers the essential features that the Vanta series is known for – speed, reliability, ruggedness, connectivity and smartphone-like ease of use – in a cost-effective model.

Eramet, BASF and Suez want to develop closed-loop recycling for Li-ion batteries

| The “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project, founded by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ, will receive a substantial funding of €4.7 million by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the European Union, and the three members.
C. Nöhren,

Sustainability in the print industry

| When we think of sustainability, we don’t often think of the print industry and its abundance of paper.

EuPC launces 3rd edition of recycling survey

| Based on the findings of the first two surveys, and backed up by their success and the signature of the Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration, EuPC decided to conduct the third edition of its survey on the use of recycled polymers by plastics converters in Europe in cooperation with Polymer Comply Europe Sarl. (PCE).

Specialist seals for best selling recycling tool

| Apex Hydraulics were recently requested to manufacture a number of bespoke cylinders for a business specialising in the production of recycling plant equipment. The company uses cutting edge technology to remain at the top of their sector, providing market leading recycling tools and machinery.

Circular economy for big bags at K 2019

| At K 2019 in Düsseldorf Starlinger wants to present a closed loop system for big bags made from woven polypropylene.

Andritz supplies complete sludge handling system

| Andritz has received an order from Papierfabrik Palm GmbH & Co KG to supply the complete reject treatment and sludge handling system for their new paper mill in Aalen, Germany.
Tim Reckmann,

Zero Waste Europe publishes study on chemical recycling

| The study looks into the information available as well as the state of implementation of such technologies in the European context. It closes with policy recommendations to ensure CR complements, rather than jeopardises, a real Circular Economy.

New handheld analyzer from Thermo Scientific

| Thermo Scientific Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer provides mobility and enhances productivity for material verification.