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European Parliament position on the waste shipment risks undermining EU circular economy

On 17 January, the European Parliament adopted its position on the waste shipment regulation. According to a press release of VinylPlus, the text significantly diverges from the European Commission’s proposal on a critical aspect: the rules that apply to waste being shipped within the Union...

European Bioplastics appoints new head of EU affairs in Brussels

The association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, European Bioplastics (EUBP), announced the appointment of Roberto Ferrigno as head of EU affairs. He assumed his position on 1 January 2023 and will be based in Brussels. He will also head EUBP’s new Brussels office to be opened on...

Agreement for producing plastics from marine wastes

LG Chem announced that it entered into a memorandum of understanding for building a resource circulation system by recycling marine wastes with Netspa. Through this memorandum, LG Chem will be able to stably secure raw materials for its Seokmun National Industrial Park pyrolysis oil plant in Dangjin, Chungnam (South Korea)...

Sipa earns a silver medal for sustainability from EcoVadis

The world's largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, EcoVadis, has awarded PET rigid packaging production technology specialist Sipa a silver medal for the first time. An overall score of 64/100 puts Sipa in the 87th percentile in its sector, special purpose machinery. This is a notable improvement on the score that...

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag enters R-Cycle

R-Cycle expands with the adhesion of the Japanese-German manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, which intends to offer its experience in the field of packaging, especially the thin-walled one, to contribute to the transformation of the economy from a linear to circular model...

The sustainability of Rehau awarded for the second year

For the second year in a row, Rehau was awarded the gold medal of the EcoVadis rating agency for its great commitment to sustainability. The world's largest provider of sustainability ratings for companies, EcoVadis shows how well companies integrate sustainability principles into their business and management systems...

And the Oscar goes to… Novamont

2022 for Novamont closes with the “Oscar di Bilancio” in the "Società Benefit" category, after gaining the nomination for the B Corp Best for the World 2022 and winning the Sustainable Development Award 2022 presented by Fondazione Sviluppo Sostenibile led by former Italian minister Edo Ronchi...

TotalEnergies increases production of high-performance recycled polymers for automotive

TotalEnergies announced the construction of a new production line of high-performance recycled polypropylene for automotive in its polymer plant in Carling, France. Since 2016, the Carling - Saint-Avold petrochemical platform is producing value-added compounds primarily intended for the automotive industry. The start-up of a new line...

Recovering crude oil and supporting the circular economy of plastics

Recovering crude oil from plastic: British company Mura Technology is pursuing this goal with the HydroPRS process to advance the circular economy of plastics. This is a concern that motion plastics specialist igus also shares. igus has been supporting Mura’s project as an investor since 2020. The first HydroPRS plant for...

The revision of packaging and waste rules worries also recyclers

Revised EU waste rules threaten to turn the tide on European recycling and European recyclers are making an urgent plea to reviewers as revised EU rules threaten to severely impact trade of recycled materials risking irreversible economic damage and job losses to Europe’s leading circular economy industries...

Single-use surgical instruments material recycling

Solvay has recently teamed up with French startup Ostium in a joint project designed to enable the mechanical recycling of end-of-life single-use surgical instruments molded in glass-fiber reinforced Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) from Solvay’s portfolio of specialty polymers. The initiative is the first for valuable polymers to be...

Memorandum of understanding for waste-to-chemicals

Maire Tecnimont announced that NextChem, through its subsidiary MyRechemical, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Suez International Italian Branch aimed at further developing their existing collaboration on waste-to-chemicals projects in Italy. The agreement was signed during...

Certified carbon footprint for polyamide 6, PBT and glass fibres

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess is one of the world’s first plastics manufacturers to offer its customers - processors of its Durethan polyamides and Pocan polyesters (PBT) - certified values for the carbon footprint of the base resins. Certification was done by an accredited verification body and includes...

NextChem starts up an upcycling plant in Abu Dhabi

On the occasion of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec, Abu Dhabi 31 October-3 November), Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiary NextChem, through the associate company GCB Polymers, inaugurates a new re-processing and upcycling plant for polymers today in the Kezad Industrial Zone, in the...

Recycled and recyclable: rPET bottle without label

A unique label-less recycled PET bottle, 1Skin, has been created by Sidel. Combining distinctive shelf-appeal with the highest eco credentials, it has been designed to help Sidel’s customers achieve their sustainability goals and drive sales of high-end products. The one-litre bottle is destined for the booming market in...

Upcycling of polyolefins with innovative stabilizers

At K 2022, Brüggemann presented three new additives for improved stabilization of polyolefin recyclates. These additives result in recyclates with very good mechanical and processing properties, making the need for the addition of virgin material unnecessary. All Bruggolen R grades are supplied as...

Sidel opens new hub for recycling primary packaging

Sidel has opened a new hub dedicated to PET recycling. At its unique small-scale PET recycling pilot line in Octeville (France), the company will develop its understanding of PET recycling with the aim of giving comprehensive support to the market as it switches to greater use of recycled PET...

For Elix Polymers only energy from renewable sources

The leading thermoplastics company Elix Polymers moves forward in its commitment to climate change. As from 1 October 2022, within the framework of sustainable operations and specifically within framework of the Climate Care programme, the leading company will reduce its environmental footprint by 40% regarding...

Source One Plastics is born for advanced recycling with MoReTec technology

LyondellBasell and 23 Oaks Investments, Leiferde (Germany), signed an agreement to create Source One Plastics, a joint venture that will build an energy efficient, advanced plastic waste sorting and recycling facility in Germany. Using renewable energy from wind and biomass, the new unit is designed to...