Waste plastics

Expectations too high

| If an ambitious announcement is made, it is bound to raise high expectations. Now the EU Commission will have to live with the fact that it was unable to fulfil these expectations with its new circular economy package. Nevertheless, the package is not a total failure, quite the contrary.

Veolia buys ZenRobotics’ Waste Sorting Robots

| Veolia and ZenRobotics, have agreed on a delivery of a ZenRobotics Recycler waste sorting system. The delivery of the waste sorting robots will take place in spring 2016 and the robots will be the first of their kind in France.

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.

New targets considered for packaging recycling in UK

| According to Business waste, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has held a conference and appealed to industry associations in a re-evaluation of its targets set for business packaging recycling.

A circular future for plastics?

| According to a report by the World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey, applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities such as leakage into oceans.

Trainable robots for waste Sorting

| The ZRR from Zenrobotics is now fully trainable, which means that operators can themselves train the robot to sort just about anything. The new feature enables customers to quickly react to changes in the waste. For the first time customers have full control of what is sorted.

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.

Recoup joins OPRL ownership

| Recoup, the plastic packaging recycling body, is to join the expanding ownership of OPRL, which runs the increasingly popular packaging recycling label scheme. This latest development further extends ownership across bodies sharing OPRL’s mission to promote greater and more effective recycling of packaging materials. It aims to create a strong leadership position for industry on recycling issues.

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.

Increased plastics waste collection suggests higher recycling rates

| New data on plastics waste management shows an important growth in plastics waste collection.
BIR

Plastics scrap: “Silver linings in the grey clouds” for plastics

| Although volumes, prices and confidence are all down, BIR Plastics Committee Chairman Surendra Patawari Borad of Belgium-based Gemini Corporation NV still spied “some silver linings in the grey clouds” for plastics recyclers.

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.