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Global Plastics Outlook: Policy Scenarios to 2060

| The amount of plastic waste produced globally is on track to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfill and less than a fifth recycled, according to a new OECD report.

BIR: Strong criticism of EU plans on waste shipments

| At the annual convention of the Bureau of International Recycling, all divisions criticized the EU Commission's plans for greater regulation of waste shipments: Restricting trade would endanger businesses and recycling.
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France setting the pace for PET chemical recycling in Europe

| France is continuing to lead the way in the development of the polyethylene terephthalate chemical recycling industry in Europe, with a spate of new facility announcements set to build out capacity in the country.

Europe is not on track to halve non-recycled municipal waste by 2030

| The European Union (EU) circular economy action plan aims to halve the amount of municipal waste in the EU that is not recycled by 2030.
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Breaking the bottlenecks of recycled plastic content

| Brand owners and packaging converters in the plastics industry are facing major bottlenecks in recycled content availability.

World crude steel production decreases in March

| World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 161.0 million tonnes (Mt) in March 2022, a 5.8% decrease compared to March 2021.

European Commission wants to make sustainable products the norm

| The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition.

Global Waste Index 2022 released

| The comprehensive Analysis ranks 38 member states of the organisation for economic co-operation and development according to how effectively they manage their waste

Plastic pollution is growing relentlessly as waste management and recycling fall short

| The world is producing twice as much plastic waste as two decades ago, with the bulk of it ending up in landfill, incinerated or leaking into the environment, and only 9% successfully recycled, according to a new OECD report.

Spross AG to double its ZenRobotics robot count

| Swiss-based family business Spross AG has reinvested into ZenRobotics robot technologies to recover more valuable fractions at their Spross Recyclingwerk Zurich RWZ site.

New report: PET is far from real circularity

| New research produced for Zero Waste Europe by sustainability consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting shows that most Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recovered from bottles in Europe does not make its way back into new PET bottles. Significant Improvements in PET design, collection and recycling will be needed to improve circularity.

Environment and climate impacts of textiles

| Textile consumption in Europe has on average the fourth highest impacts on the environment and climate, following consumption of food, housing and mobility.

Europe’s environmental taxes in decline, despite potentially crucial role

| The European Green Deal acknowledges the crucial role of taxation in Europe’s sustainability transition.

PET packaging moving steadily towards circularity

| Main developments for advancing PET recycling are identified in a new study.

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