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Iscc Plus certification for the Guala Closures facility in Spinetta Marengo (Italy)

The world leader in the production of special closures for spirits and wines, Guala Closures has received an International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus accreditation, which will facilitate the use of certified sustainable materials for the production of closures manufactured at the Spinetta Marengo (Alessandria, Italy)...

OMV scales up innovative ReOil recycling technology

The international, integrated oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna, OMV, has taken the final investment decision to build a chemical recycling demo plant, based on its proprietary ReOil technology. With this, OMV is taking the next step toward an industrial-scale plant planned for 2026. The patented...

Third webinar ahead of GreenPlast coming up in January 2022

As the new year gets under way, it will soon be time for a third live streamed webinar organised as part of the programme of initiatives aimed at sector professionals in the run-up to GreenPlast 2022, the new exhibition-conference event dedicated to plastics and rubber and to processing technologies and applications for these materials, which is...

Borealis acquires minority stake in UK-based sustainable packaging innovator Bockatech

One of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals and fertilizers, Borealis, announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Bockatech Limited, a UK-based growth-stage green tech business and inventor of the innovative EcoCore manufacturing technology platform...

The best European recycled and recyclable products awarded

Winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2021 were announced at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) in Amsterdam on November 5. This year’s award winners have together made very conspicuous progress in effective design for recycling, which in turn is defining the path towards more recyclable plastic products...

Aliplast plant for the recycling of rigid plastics in Modena

At the Ecomondo fair (Rimini, Italy, October 26-29), Aliplast, a subsidiary of Hera Group, has relaunched its commitment to the circular economy. The company aims at increasing the production of recycled plastic by 150% within 2030. With about 100 thousand tons of polymers recycled every year, Aliplast continues to expand its...

Tray-to-tray process for the fruit and vegetables sector

At the fruit and vegetables international fair Fruit Attraction 2021, running in Madrid from 5 to 7 October, the Bolognese company Ilip is exhibiting several innovations related to the "closed loop" of packaging materials, including, in particular, the T2T R-PET process, i.e. the "tray-to-tray" use of recycled PET...

Versalis and Repsol join the Cracker of the Future consortium

Two new members entered the Cracker of the Future consortium, accelerating the development of a game changing technology for the electrification of the steam cracking process. This enables a revolutionary decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. They are the Italian Versalis and the Spanish Repsol, and now...

Certified recycled content

TÜV Austria’s OK Recycled certification scheme addresses the issues raised by EU Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the influence of certain plastic products on the environment. PET bottles are to be made of at least 25% recycled plastic by 2025 and 30% by 2030 - for all bottles. The objective of the OK Recycled scheme is...

Circular Plastics Alliance: a further step towards 10 million tons of recycled plastic

On September 27, the European Commission welcomes an important new step taken by the Circular Plastics Alliance to boost the EU market for recycled plastics and ensure at least 10 million tonnes are recycled by 2025. Since the launch of the alliance in 2018, good progress has been made with an increase of almost 30% in the...

Additives for the mechanical recycling of plastic

The new range IrgaCycle of additive solutions has been launched by Basf to address the imminent needs in plastics recycling. The plastics industry is seeking ways to incorporate higher content of recycled polymeric material in all major applications to meet sustainability goals, while facing growing consumer concerns and...

PlasticsEurope is in favor of the recycled material in plastic packaging by 2030

European plastics producers call for a mandatory EU recycled content target for plastics packaging of 30% by 2030. An enabling policy framework and collaboration with the value chain are essential to reach target. PlasticsEurope endorses the objective of preventing and reducing excessive packaging...

Methanol for many applications from non-recyclable waste

The NextChem subsidiary dedicated to waste-to-chemical technologies, MyRechemical, and Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, will jointly cooperate to commercially develop "waste-to-methanol" technology worldwide. This waste-to-methanol technology has its roots in the chemical conversion of non-recyclable municipal waste...

Recycling in Italy: record figures in 2020

In 2020, packaging recycling rates in Italy exceeded all forecasts. The health emergency did not slow down the development of this area of the circular economy: last year 73% of the packaging placed on the market was recycled, that is 3.3% more than in 2019. These figures were disclosed by the Conai (Italian packaging consortium) on the...

The environment to be included into the fundamental principles of the Constitution of Italy

The process of a constitutional bill that includes the environment into the fundamental principles of the Constitution of Italy - laying the foundations for the necessary balance between the environmental interests with those of the economic stakeholders - is now well underway. The constitutional bill in question, which...

The negative consequences of the SUP directive strict deadlines on European industry

The association of European plastics processors, EuPC, highlights the negative consequences of the strict deadlines imposed by the SUP (Single-Use Plastics) directive on the legislative activity and markets of the European Union member States. In a press release it points out that the deadline of July 3, 2021, for the...

New Karawang facility to recycle 2 billion PET plastic bottles annually

Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), one of the world’s largest producer of recycled PET for beverage bottles, announced it will build a facility in Karawang, West Java, to recycle almost 2 billion plastic bottles a year in support of the government’s plan to reduce ocean debris...

Bormioli Pharma steps up its sustainable packaging drive

Manufacturer of plastic and glass containers for the pharmaceutical industry, Bormioli Pharma has announced that by 2025 its products will be manufactured from 50% sustainable raw materials, such as recycled plastic and glass, and bioplastics. This target will see the company tripling the proportion of...

DSM and Sabic combine efforts to create recycled-based Dyneema

The global science-based company, DSM, and the global leader in the chemical industry, Sabic announced a collaboration to create recycled-based Dyneema. Through a joint pilot with multiple CirculariTeam members, the manufacturing and usage of Dyneema using mixed plastic waste as feedstock (via mass balance approach) will be...