Science & technology


Recycling industry is strategic, essential and intrinsically resource-efficient

| In a wide-ranging review of legislative developments affecting the recycling industry, BIR Trade & Environment Director Ross Bartley opened the first-ever International Environment Council (IEC) eForum by stressing the importance of efforts to ensure that mechanical recycling remained rooted in the definition of recycling, which was currently being debated within the United Nations’ Basel Convention.

PET recycling: towards a circular economy

| Lightweight and inexpensive, plastic is one of the world’s most used materials, but its extreme durability means that effective end-of-life management is critical.

Natural recycling: One month lockdown every leap year

| What a wonderful change in air quality across globe, it’s a time to breathe without mask but because of Corona, we can’t dare to do so.

New Bobcat TL43.80HF waste expert telescopic loader

| A new Bobcat TL43.80HF Waste Expert telescopic loader has provided the ideal solution for Gatim Srl, a company based in Calabria in Italy, a company in the recycling of end-of-life tyres (ELT) and rubber.

Enhanced dark glass recovery technology

| Glass recycling in Europe has become a significant industry.

RecyClass: methodology for plastic packaging recyclability assessment

| RecyClass Recyclability Methodology document provides comprehensive information on the assessment methods used to assess and certify recyclability of a plastic package.

Lohner Kunststoffrecycling increases capacities

| The company Lohner Kunststoffrecycling GmbH (LKR) in Vechta, Germany, has been recovering plastic waste generated during the production of industrial or consumer goods since 1992.

Chemical recycling: distraction, not solution?

| According to GAIA, the industry is using the term “chemical recycling” to greenwash plastic-to-fuel technologies, seeking public approval for the continued use and disposal of plastic.

Zero Waste Europe: Building a bridge strategy for residual waste

| Zero Waste Europe​ (ZWE) has released a policy briefing which highlights the importance of defining a new strategy for managing residual waste that corresponds with the requirements of the age of climate emergency that we are living in.

AIMPLAS develops recycling processes that break down plastics by 70%

| With the support of the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), AIMPLAS is developing the ENZPLAST2 project, whose aim is to develop new, more sustainable processes for producing, recycling and composting plastics.

European project makes plastic production circular

| By developing solutions covering the full plastic value chain – from design to recycling – CIRC-PACK, funded by the European Commission, has proven the feasibility of making plastics industry circular in a consumer-friendly way.

Report: Characterisation of fires caused by batteries in WEEE

| More and more electrical and electronic products in everyday life contain batteries, making life more convenient or pleasant. However, those same batteries, when damaged, also increasingly cause these products to catch fires.

Rubber made from waste opens door to sustainable production

| A recyclable rubber material made from waste has been developed by a team of researchers spearheaded in South Australia.

Recyclass to collaborate with plastship, Recoup and Suez Circpack

| In 2019, several players from the value chain of plastics packaging joined forces in the Recyclass Platform initiative, to create harmonised Design for Recycling Guidelines, a scoring method, and test protocols to assess the recyclability of plastics packaging and of new packaging technologies in the European market.
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