Science & technology

The need to improve deinking recycling rates

| Tomra Sorting Recycling has published an e-book providing advice for businesses who sort paper and cardboard for deinking and recycling.
Plastics Recyclers Europe

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe expand for 2019

| Following the success of this year’s inaugural Plastics Recycling Awards Europe, the organisers have announced the expansion of the awards to a total of eight categories for 2019.

Andritz to supply shredder equipment to Slovakia

| Andritz has received an order from Saker to supply a Universal Rotary Shear UC and a Universal Granulator UG to their recycling plant in Zilina, Slovakia. Start-up for the new equipment is scheduled for December 2018.
Tim Reckmann, pixelio.de

Recyclability evaluation protocol for PE films published

| RecyClass released a procedure to assess the recyclability of plastics film in Europe with an aim of increasing circularity of packaging.

Ocean Polymers plans to develop land-based recycling solutions in Saudi-Arabia

| Ocean Polymers has announced that the Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with an undisclosed Saudi Arabian conglomerate which is a leading corporation within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pursuant to which the Company intends to cooperate in the fields of new and renewable energy technologies such as, but not restricted to, waste-to-energy and efficient energy technologies.

AMCS wins new contract in Norway

| AMCS, a global supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and logistical industries, has announced a new 5- year contract with Franzefoss, one of Norway’s largest waste management companies.

New EU environmental standards for waste treatment

| New emissions and efficiency standards will help national authorities to lower the environmental impact of the largest waste treatment installations in the EU, dealing with both hazardous and non-hazardous waste. This represents around 4,000 installations.
lichtkunst.73, pixelio.de

Microbes fully metabolize biodegradable plastics

| Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) succeeded in an interdisciplinary study to demonstrate that soil microorganisms metabolically utilised the carbon in the PBAT polymer both for energy production and also to build up microbial biomass.

Electrolux partners with food waste startup Karma

| Electrolux has announced it is investing in Sweden-based Karma, a startup that helps restaurants and supermarkets reduce food waste by selling unsold food to consumers.

Ocean Polymers invest in recycling solutions of ocean plastic

| Ocean Polymers, a British recycling technology company, has announced its commitment to develop partnerships with companies which invest in technology and recycling infrastructure to advance the circular economy within the Arabian Peninsula and a commitment to prevent plastic waste products from degrading and leaking into the ocean.

Plastics recycling– A waste of time or a wasted opportunity?

| According to a recently published study by industry consultants Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), the plastics recycling industry will have to develop and grow considerably to meet 2030 EU plastics packaging recycling targets, along with the effect of the Chinese waste import ban.

Recycling plant for bottle-to-bottle

| Ferrarelle is a Italian company bottling mineral waters. It is one of the first companies in Europe involved in the beverage sector, that have decided to close the loop in PET bottles treatment by internally handling the whole process.

Carbios speeds up PET hydrolysis

| Carbios has announced new results in the optimization of its biorecycling process of waste PET plastics. The hydrolysis of PET plastics into their original building-blocks now reaches a conversion rate of 97% in only 16 hours.

Neste: waste plastic as a raw material

| Neste, producer of renewable diesel, is now exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining.