Waste plastics

Towards Zero Plastics to the Oceans

| All kinds of questions regarding marine litter were on the agenda of PolyTalk 2016, a two day conference organised by PlasticsEurope in Brussels on 16-17 March.

Plastics recycling resists low oil prices

| The demand for recycled plastics has not been negatively affected due to low oil prices.

Bacteria eat PET

| Japanese scientists have discovered a bacteria that can degrade PET. So far only fungi where know to decompose plastics.

Special garbage bag for cup recycling

| The first garbage bag specially designed for water or coffee vending machines which promotes recycling of disposable cups has been patented by a Spanish businessman, Gonzalo Bayona. 

Petcore Europe Conference 2016 a huge success

| 160 experts and leaders from the entire PET value chain in Europe and beyond met at the 2016 Petcore Europe sold-out conference in Brussels on 23 February.

EUROPEN comments on circular economy package

| The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment(EUROPEN) has made some recommendations on the EU legislative proposals for the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and Waste Framework Directive.

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.