Herbold Meckesheim GmbH was hit by a devastating fire during the night to Monday 10/09/2018. Affected are the central warehouse and the shipping department. The damage is estimated to run into the millions. The office space, the test centre and the production halls are not affected. The production will continue with certain restrictions and compensated by existing structures. The company together with the insurance company has already started the repair work. Herbold will try to avoid serious delivery bottlenecks. The low in-house production depth and a high quantity of supplies from subcontractors will enable a quick restart of machine and spare parts deliveries as soon as logistics have been put back on track. Luckily, there were no casualties.

After almost four years of development, Mondi and Werner & Mertz will introduce a new, patented innovation in 2019: a 100-percent recyclable pouch with detachable decorative panels. The pouch replaces conventional flexible packaging for Frosch products. The pioneering design overcomes many shortcomings of the recycling process and is the result of a joint effort by Werner & Mertz, Mondi, EPEA Switzerland, Der Grüne Punkt and Institut cyclos-HTP. 

Global materials science and manufacturing company, Avery Dennison Corporation, and Ocean Recovery Alliance, founders of Plasticity Forum, have entered into a three-year agreement as part of the Plasticity Partner Program.

The ICM conference “Electronics & Cars Recycling” is moving from China to Japan. The conference also will be renamed into “E-Mobility & Circular Economy”.


Eco-Bat Paderno Dugnano (Milan), a company of the ECOBAT Technologies Group, has acquired 100% of Politec Srl, Pieve di Cento, a producer of technical polymers.

Petcore Europe, the Brussels based association representing the entire PET value chain in Europe, welcomes 15 new members in 2018: BASF, Logoplaste, DuPont Teijin Films, MacDermid, CCL Label, Coca-Cola, Danone, Fuji Seal Europe, LSDH, Graham Packaging Europe, Henkel, Fantastic Plastic, Eastman, Evertis and Sealed Air.

The European Demolition Association, EDA, has published the European Demolition Industry Report 2018, which can be request on its website www.europeandemolition.org/industryreport.

Recylex has announces that the hot commissioning phase of its new reduction furnace at the Weser-Metall GmbH lead smelter has begun as initially programmed. This commissioning is scheduled to last several weeks, during which a complete set of tests is to be performed to ensure that all systems are operational and technical adjustments are to be made. The ramp-up phase of the reduction furnace’s production is currently planned during the third quarter of 2018.


According to BIR, the CCIC North America will start accepting inspection applications again starting on June 8.

CarbonLITE Holdings LLC has announced that PET bottle-to-bottle recycling leader CarbonLITE will build a new plant, to be located in the state of Pennsylvania. This facility will enable the company to increase the number of post-consumer PET beverage bottles it recycles annually by 50 percent – to more than 6 billion. The new $60 million plant is scheduled for startup in late 2019.

The Polymers Business unit of Total S.A. and Polystyvert, a Montreal-based clean technology startup with an innovative method for polystyrene recycling, today announced the signing of an agreement to work together on the dissolution and purification of household post-consumer polystyrene.

Commenting on the EU news today, Piotr Barczak, waste policy officer at the European Environmental Bureau, said: “After years of discussions, it is now time for EU countries to walk the talk on waste reduction. These laws are necessary to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues such as pollution in our cities and environment. Cities across Europe have already made steps forward to reduce waste and improve recycling. The new laws could have been more ambitious, but their successful implementation will help governments consolidate this progress with benefits for the people and society as a whole.”

Petcore Europe welcomes eleven new members in Q1 2018: BASF, Logoplaste, DuPont Teijin Films, MacDermid, CCL Label, Coca-Cola, Danone, Fuji Seal Europe, LSDH, Graham Packaging Europe and Henkel.

Organisers behind the first international Global Recycling Day to announce Sims Metal Management, as a Founding Sponsor of the initiative.

A day of events has been confirmed in Johannesburg, including a city-wide clean-up campaign, to celebrate Global Recycling Day. It will be held on Friday 16 March, just two days ahead first ever Global Recycling Day (18 March).

Global Recycling Day organisers announce Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven as their first official Marketing Partner.

The EWWR 2017 Awards Ceremony will take place at 11am on 22 May 2018 in Brussels. The EWWR will celebrate the most outstanding actions on waste reduction organised during the European week for Waste Reduction 2017.

Mick George Ltd was awarded the PAS 402:2013 certification in February 2018. The certification provides a strong indication of the environmental credentials of a business, demonstrating proficiency in material recovery for prospective and existing clients, as well as more general best practice in quality, policies and relevant health and safety matters. 

Novelis has announced it signed a binding agreement to acquire operating facilities and manufacturing assets at its Sierre plant that have historically been leased.

Amut S.p.A. has announced the merging by incorporation of the company Amut Dolci Bielloni, after the acquisition of Dolci Bielloni company 100% capital shares, made in 2014. The “Flexible Packaging Equipment Division” of Amut will be present on the market with the brand name Amut Dolci Extrusion.