Plastic and environment

Recycling plastics

Italy is among the top 5 countries in Europe

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Italy is one of the top 5 EU countries when it comes to recycling. This result is the fruit of in-depth research undertaken in 2003 by Corepla (the Italian consortium for the collection and recycling of plastic packages) for investment in R&D, recycling-oriented production, and reuse of materials, and of a system that is increasingly efficient in terms of...

Comply with the requirements of circular economy

Borealis acquires German recyclers mtm plastics and mtm compact

Plastic and environment - Monday, 11 July 2016

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces today that it has fully acquired the German plastics recyclers mtm plastics and mtm compact. Based in Niedergebra, Germany, mtm plastics is regarded as a technology leader in the recycling of mixed post-consumer plastic waste...

Positive evaluation by the EcoVadis rating agency

Covestro received “Gold” certification for sustainability

Plastic and environment - Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Materials manufacturer Covestro has once again received “Gold” certification from the international rating agency EcoVadis in recognition of its achievements in sustainability. In the recent survey, the company even improved its standing significantly and is now among the top two percent in the global ranking of 25,000 companies...

Petcore Europe Tracer Workshop in Brussels

How to improve post consumer plastics sorting efficiency

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Petcore Europe - in collaboration with Procter & Gamble - brought together 100 participants from the PET industry, research facilities and the media for its first “Tracer Workshop” in Brussels. The event gave an overview on current active tracer projects and intended to stimulate a cross-industry discussion on how to harmonise the use of...

PolyTalk 2016

Towards zero plastics to the oceans

Plastic and environment - Tuesday, 29 March 2016

What do we know about marine litter? What policies are being implemented to prevent marine litter and create a circular economy? What is the role of the plastics industry in reducing marine litter? These and other equally challenging questions were on the agenda of PolyTalk 2016, a two day conference organised by PlasticsEurope in Brussels on...

From a recent survay

Customer acceptance of airpop packaging rises

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The German plastics packaging association (Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen) recently participated in an extensive survey on the image of plastics in Germany which has revealed pleasing results for the material EPS airpop. The survey was carried out by RiQuesta target-group research...

From the recent PlasticsEurope-Epro report

More plastic recycling in Europe, with Norway leading the field

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 16 December 2015

There is good news on plastic recycling in Europe. In 2014, 7.7 million tons of plastic waste was collected (compared with 6.6 million in 2012), of which 69.2% was sent for recycling or re-used to generate energy. This, in short, is what emerged from the annual report published by PlasticsEurope and Epro...

Circular economy proposal from the European Commission

For EuPC and PRE is not sufficient to push plastics recycling

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 9 December 2015

On December 2 the European Commission published its long awaited circular economy package, following the withdrawal of a previous proposal at the beginning of 2015. When withdrawing the previous proposal, the European Commission promised that it would deliver a “more ambitious” proposal before the end of 2015...

Partnership with Solar Impulse continues and…

Covestro supports “Future is Clean” initiative

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 2 December 2015

On November 26 Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) announced that it is extending its sponsorship agreement with Solar Impulse to the end of 2018, as the solar-powered airplane prepares to complete its journey round the world in 2016. Covestro has been a Solar Impulse project partner since 2010 and also its official technical...

Global bioplastics production capacities

A growth despite low oil price

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update, presented at the last European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, confirm the positive growth trend of the global bioplastics industry. “The market is predicted to grow by more than 350 percent in the mid-term”, says François de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics...

Petcore Europe report on recycling of post-consumer PET

Success and challenges

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The equivalent of 66 billion 1.5-litre PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market. This conclusion comes from a report carried out by PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling for Petcore Europe from a Europe-wide survey among actors involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of PET...

EPDA on EU legislation

CLP regulation came into effect

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Plastics suppliers are being urged by the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) to ensure they are compliant with the latest legislation for restricted substances, as the deadline approaches for SMEs to register existing chemicals used in production processes. EPDA - the voice of the...