BASF has expanded its chemical catalyst recycling capacity and capability with the acquisition of Zodiac Enterprises LLC in Caldwell, Texas.

During the recent BIR Virtual General Assembly, the votes cast by the effective members of BIR unanimously confirm the reelection of Tom Bird as BIR President for a second mandate of two years, as well as the election of Andy Wahl as BIR Treasurer, also for a mandate of two years.

Ineos Styrolution has announced the availability of mechanically recycled polystyrene in EMEA. Production of the new “Styrolution® PS ECO 440” is based on Tomra’s NIR sorting process delivering a polystyrene purity of more than 99.9%. The new material is available in white and light grey.

Unilever has joined Nextek’s global project NEXTLOOPP to create food-grade recycled Polypropylene (rPP) from post-consumer packaging waste.


MBA Polymers UK has become the first Plastics Recycling Business in the world to have their products achieve the Carbon Trust’s Lower CO2 label

Indorama Ventures has completed its acquisition of CarbonLite Holdings’ facility in Texas. The Dallas site is one of the largest producers of food-grade recycled pellets (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate or rPET) in the U.S., with a combined capacity of 92,000 tons annually.

Tomra Recycling has named Ty Rhoad as the new Regional Director Americas, taking over for Carlos Manchado Atienza

Metso Outotec has received an order for the engineering and delivery of key equipment for the expansion of a precious metals recycling plant. Metso Outotec’s equipment delivery consists of a direct current (DC) furnace with feeding equipment and process control system.


Umicore’s Supervisory Board has appointed Mathias Miedreich to succeed Marc Grynberg as CEO of the Group in the 4th quarter of this year.

Recycling of steel packaging in Europe has hit a new all-time high of 84%, according to figures issued by APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.

Cinzia Vezzosi, President of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation has been elected as Vice President of Assofermet, the Italian Association of Metal Recovery and Recycling Enterprises.

The certification schemes QA-CER (BE), AENOR (ES), Plastica Seconda Vita (IT) and Wertstoff PET (RAL) (DE) have joined the PolyCert Europe umbrella technical platform with the objective to harmonize their methodologies for the verification of the uptake of secondary raw material in converted polymeric products as recycled content.

Worley has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by SABIC Plastic Energy Advanced Recycling BV (SPEAR) – a joint venture between SABIC and Plastic Energy – for a new advanced plastics recycling unit in Geleen, the Netherlands.

Ineos Styrolution, Recycling Technologies and Trinseo have announced today that they have reached a significant milestone in their plans to build commercial polystyrene (PS) recycling plants in Europe. Recycling Technologies has been selected as the technology partner. Prior to building the commercial scale recycling plants, a PS recycling pilot plant will be built in the UK in 2022, and the technology will be further developed jointly by the three parties.

From now on, Pure Loop also offers customers and potential buyers in North America the opportunity to test the ISEC machine using their own material.

Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) has filed its first application for EU authorisation of mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS) as food contact material.

The UK’s largest compliance scheme Valpak and circular design specialists, Circular&Co., have announced a partnership agreement which will see them work together to develop sustainable products from hard to recycle materials.

SUEZ Sweden has officially changed its name to PreZero Recycling AB.

Petri Paukkunen has been appointed Area President, Asia Pacific Area at Valmet.

Ineos Styrolution and Polystyvert are collaborating to convert post-consumer polystyrene plastic into a new, high quality, polystyrene (PS) raw material resin.