Science & technology

Bacteria eat PET

| Japanese scientists have discovered a bacteria that can degrade PET. So far only fungi where know to decompose plastics.

Special garbage bag for cup recycling

| The first garbage bag specially designed for water or coffee vending machines which promotes recycling of disposable cups has been patented by a Spanish businessman, Gonzalo Bayona. 

Fridge recycling: Joint processing yields environmental benefits

| When end-of-life refrigeration appliances are treated, some of the waste appliances being sent for recycling contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), while others are CFC-free. In terms of minimizing environmental impact, joint collection and joint treatment of these appliances continues to be the environmentally preferred path.

Petcore Europe Conference 2016 a huge success

| 160 experts and leaders from the entire PET value chain in Europe and beyond met at the 2016 Petcore Europe sold-out conference in Brussels on 23 February.

New waste collection vehicles for Ascan Geaser

| Ascan Geaser, the largest environmental services company in Cantabria and specialists in providing services for municipalities, have purchased a fleet of thirty four new waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba, Spain.

ZenRobotics to Deliver Waste Sorting Robots to the USA

| ZenRobotics and ML Environmental have agreed on the delivery of waste sorting robots to the USA. Also, the companies have signed an exclusive partnership for the distribution of ZenRobotics Recycler in the USA.

Breakthrough in PV module recycling

| PV cycle has announced a new record in silicon based PV module recycling, achieving a 96% recycling rate in real-world performance.

Separating packaging and biowaste automatically

| Green Creative has developed a food waste depackaging machine that separates organic waste from its packaging without using water and without grinding. By removing the packaging from food residues, Flexidry recovers the fermentable fraction of waste that can be turned into biogas and fertilizer.

VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

| Over the past 15 years, PVC has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a much-maligned plastic material to playing an important role in addressing climate change and establishing a circular economy.

PET recycler counts on sorter from Sesotec

| With the new sorting system BTB PET-Recycling wants to reduce the waste volume to be competitive.

Sorting machines for plastic foils and black plastics

| The Steinert Group’s new sorting machines Unisort Film and UNISORT BlackScan can detect Plastic films and black plastics with AOC and HSI technology.

ECPI regrets the European Parliament decision on DEHP

| The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates – ECPI - is disappointed by the European Parliament’s plenary vote against the Commission proposal to authorise the recycling of soft PVC containing DEHP. The final decision will be taken by the European Commission which is not obligated to follow the European Parliament’s opinion.

Petcore Europe Conference 2015 in Brussels

| On 24 November 2015, the annual Petcore Europe Conference will take place in Brussels. The conference brings together more than 100 experts and leaders from the whole PET value chain in Europe and beyond as well as representatives from the European institutions. This year, the conference will focus on the four key aspects Sustainability, Circular Economy, Innovation and Globalisation.

Prototype for microwave-supported drying technology

| Within the Hiperdry project, a new prototype dryer for plastics pellets has been developed, combining microwave heating with superheated steam convective drying. An optimum antenna design will allow for gentle microwave application allows gentle microwave application to avoid overheating or damaging the polymer. The system is designed for time and energy efficient drying of conventional and bio-plastics.