BIR: First female president in 75 years
| Suzie Bourage became the first woman to be elected President of the Bureau of International Recycling in Amsterdam.
Europe needs to step up circular economy efforts
| The EU’s circular economy action plan aims to double the share of recycled materials used in its economy by 2030.
A call to ensure strong push for circularity
| Following the EU Commission's proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), EuRIC publishes its position paper on the proposal in view of ongoing discussions in the Council and the European Parliament.
Worldsteel Short Range Outlook April 2023
| Worldsteel forecasts that this year, demand will see a 2.3% rebound to reach 1,822.3 Mt. Steel demand is forecast to grow by 1.7% in 2024 to reach 1,854.0 Mt.
Enabling sustainable choices and ending greenwashing
| Today, the Commission is proposing common criteria against greenwashing and misleading environmental claims.
EU Commission proposes Critical Raw Materials Act
| Today, the Commission proposes a comprehensive set of actions to ensure the EU's access to a secure, diversified, affordable and sustainable supply of critical raw materials.
17% growth in EU plastic recycling capacity
| Installed plastic recycling capacity has grown by 17% in 2021 in EU27+3, boosted by an estimated €1.75 billion investment.
Europe’s used textiles an increasing waste and export problem
| Discarded textiles in Europe, including used clothing and footwear, are an increasing waste and export problem.
Plastic upcycling to close the carbon cycle
| A new PNNL-developed process produces fuel quickly at mild temperature, with few by-products.
Scaling up good practices can boost sustainability of plastics
| Plastics have many useful applications, but the global production and consumption trends of these materials are currently unsustainable.
Mixed waste sorting key to meeting the EU’s Circular Economy objectives
| Reloop and Zero Waste Europe have published a study by Eunomia which shows that applying sorting systems to mixed waste (MWS) before thermal treatment and landfilling can significantly support Europe's climate objectives and contribute to achieving ambitious plastics and municipal waste recycling targets.
Report: Production of single-use plastics still on the rise
| The Minderoo Foundation's Plastic Waste Makers Index 2023 (PWMI) shows that the planet's plastic pollution problem is worsening, and new estimates of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from single-use plastics show that single-use plastic producers are also contributing to the climate crisis.
EU announces Green Deal Industrial Plan
| The Commission has unveiled a Green Deal Industrial Plan to boost the competitiveness of Europe's net-zero industry and support a rapid transition to climate neutrality.
Markets for many commonly recycled materials struggle in the EU
| According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, from the eight most common recyclables, only aluminium, paper and glass have well-functioning secondary markets.