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The best recycled plastics product

The 2015 Epro Awards final, sponsored by Corepla (the Italian consortium for the collection and recycling of plastic packages) took place at IdentiPlast conference in Rome on April 29. A panel consisting of representatives of Epro, PlasticsEurope, PRE, Eupc and ACR+ from across Europe assessed the entries and...

Breathing new (intelligent) life in plastics

Based in Ospedaletto di Istrana, near Treviso (Italy), Aliplast processes 70 thousand tons of plastic materials each year. It has just concluded two important trade fairs - Plast and Ipack-Ima - where it has introduced cutting-edge innovations in the field of plastic packaging recycling. It is the first Italian company to...

World’s first PET bottle made entirely from plants

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled on June 3 the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan. PlantBottle packaging pushes the boundaries on sustainable innovation by using groundbreaking technology to create a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from renewable plant materials...

Vecap report shows significant achievements on its tenth anniversary

On May 5, the European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA) - which represents the leading organisations which manufacture, market or use flame retardants in Europe - releases the 2014 Vecap European Progress Report. The Voluntary Emissions Control Action programme (VECAP) is a product stewardship programme which aims...

Energy efficiency for the plastic industry

CertiNergia is an ESCo (Energy Service Company) UNI CEI 11352 certified company and part of an international group with more than thirty years of experience. Exhibiting at Plast 2015 was a vital step forward considering the solid experience the company has accumulated in the plastic industry for its more than 130 Italian clients, approximately 30% of which...

Development goals achieved thanks to the Veneto Region

A company specialized in the design and industrialization of PET containers, PET Engineering successfully concludes the project Suspack “Sustainable packaging through PET reduction and alternative materials”. Thanks to the contribution of 180 thousand euro received from...

Conai with Expo to promote a recycling culture

An agreement Protocol between Expo 2015 and the Italy’s national packaging consortium Conai (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi) was presented in Milan on March 24, for the promotion of a circular economy programme for the Expo. The importance of this Expo Circular Economy Programme, of which Conai is the...

An effective and sustainable solution comes from tyres

A recent investigation by the online version of the well known Italian newspaper Repubblica.it on noise pollution does not mince words: one fifth of the European population is exposed to excessive noise, which is responsible for 10,000 deaths a year in Europe and increases in cardiac disease, sleep problems and...

BPF's concern

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has expressed its concern at the impact of reduced oil prices in the UK Plastics Recycling Industry. Areas of plastics recycling are becoming uncompetitive and this is threatening not only the viability of businesses but also, potentially, the recycling record of the whole supply chain. The BPF is calling on companies in the downstream supply chain, when...   

After the espresso is ready, the capsule goes into the compost

On March 3 in Milan, Novamont and Lavazza unveiled the first 100% compostable Italian espresso capsule. The outcome of five years of research and development, the capsule will be ready for production in late 2015 and on the shelves in 2016. Compatible with Minù coffee machines, the capsules will be made of Mater-Bi 3G and...

Short agro-industrial supply chains for bioproducts

“The establishment of an agricultural sector that, respecting the local area, exploits abandoned areas of unirrigated land to support the region’s first model of an integrated biorefinery that is in synergy with the food production chain and focuses on high value-added products that can reduce or replace more impactful raw materials...

Compostable and biodegradable capsule for hot drinks

A new single-use capsule has been developed in a joint effort between API, Sacmi and ICA. The capsule is compostable and 100% biodegradable and used for hot drinks. Designed by ICA, the capsule was produced using a formulation of API’s Apinat Bio family of biodegradable compounds, which can be...

A model of circular economy

The international conference organized by European Bioplastics, the European association of bioplastics’ industry, started yesterday (December 2) in Brussels. Leading industry players meet there to discuss how biopolymers can help to make Europe and its Member States a model of circular economy based on...

An overview on present and future of the European recycling

The Plastics Recycling Conference Europe 2014 organized by Smithers Rapra and focused on the European plastics recycling industry is taking place in Milan on October 29-30. The aim of the event is to provide an overview about the nowadays opportunity of development of the sector in Europe...

California is the first state to ban them by law

Several cities across the United States have outlawed plastics bags, but for the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the states level. It has happened in California, where the governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags. Since the date of entry of the new law, on July first, 2015, single-use plastics bag...

China seeks to end reign as global dumping ground

Despite the fact that Europe is a global leader in plastics recycling and in diverting plastics from landfills by using waste-to-energy programs that convert waste into power generation, Europe, along with many other industrialized regions, recently  got another major incentive to increase its recycling effectiveness for plastics...

The economic and environmental impacts of tyre recovery

A reduction of 347 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents thanks to the use of recycled rubber in place of virgin rubber; savings of 3.2 billion kWh of electricity; 1.3 million cubic metres not consumed to produce virgin rubber, steel and other tyre components. These are the principal environmental data contained in the...