Waste plastics

Recycling of PET: Ultra-fine microperforation in melt filtration

| With unprecedented filtration fineness of 60 µm, Ettlinger’s ECO melt filters will in the future make it easier to treat recycled material for the film, packaging tape and fiber industry and help plastics recyclers remove challenging contaminants like paints, silicones, barrier materials, cross-linked fractions and gels from the melt.
Tim Reckmann, pixelio.de

Sabic pioneers first production of certified circular polymers

| Sabic has announced another major milestone in its ground-breaking project to pioneer the production of certified circular polymers using a feedstock from mixed plastic waste.

EU moves to ban microplastics in most products

| The EU will use its chemical laws to stop most microplastics and microbeads being added to cosmetics, paints, detergents, some farm, medical and other products, according to a draft law due to be tabled today.

Key plastic recycling stakeholders come to Düsseldorf

| With pressure being exerted on the plastics supply chain to recycle more plastics and add value to reclaimed materials, the second Plastics Recycling Technology conference takes place in Düsseldorf this June.
lichtkunst.73, pixelio.de

Certified circular polymers from mixed plastic waste

| Chemical company Sabic, has announced together with its customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group, the launch of certified circular polymers to be manufactured by Sabic and planned to be used by its customers for packaging solutions for a variety of consumer products that will be introduced into the market in 2019.

Market study sees lots of potential for recycled plastic

| Recycling of plastic is broadly defined as collecting waste plastic scraps that are recyclable, processing it with various technologies, and finally treating it with chemicals and additives to produce a newer plastic.

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe announces 2019 finalists

| The shortlist for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 has been published. The winners will be announced on 11 April, during the secondday of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.

Greater efficiency for film recyclers

| In early 2018, Starlinger recycling technology introduced a new size – the recoSTAR dynamic 145 – that is specially designed for a capacity range of ~1,000 kg/h. The first three lines are currently being installed, and the company has already received orders for additional machines of this type.

EuPC publishes results of its 2nd survey on the use of recycled plastics materials

| From January till September 2018, EuPC conducted its 2nd European survey on the use of recycled plastics materials (rPM) in Europe’s plastics converting industry.

EuPC: Directive has missed opportunity

| After a very brief negotiation process, EU politicians have transformed what could have been a great opportunity to implement the Waste Directives’ rationale and to achieve efficient waste management into a superficial legislative text.
lichtkunst.73, pixelio.de

Directive fails to ackknowledge potential of biodegradable plastics

| European Bioplastics (EUBP) fully supports the transition from a linear to a ‘no-leakage’ circular and bio-based economy in Europe.

Styrenics Circular Solutions incorporates as independent organisation

| Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the joint industry initiative to drive the shift to a more circular economy for styrenics, has announced its incorporation as an independent organisation and collaboration platform.

Private waste management industry ready to commit to recycled content

| On 24th October, the European Parliament agreed on an amendment setting up a target of 35% mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles for beverages, as a necessary complement for ensuring the success of the 90% collection target proposed by the Commission.

Convenience is key to successful deposit return scheme in the UK

| Plastics Recycling Charity, RECOUP, has undertaken consumer insight research to understand a range of considerations for a Deposit Return Scheme in the UK.