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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...

RadiciGroup in the CarE-Service project

Automotive polyamide circularity? Thanks to the project CarE-Service - that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme with the goal to develop innovative circular economy business models for the automotive industry, and that entered its final phase - it is feasible...

Agreement for the promotion of Versalis Proesa technology

The chemical company of Eni, Versalis, and the engineering and technological platform for sustainability, Saipem, have signed an agreement to internationally promote Proesa, Versalis’ proprietary technology used to produce sustainable bioethanol and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass...

Lego bricks from recycled PET bottles

The Lego Group unveiled a prototype Lego brick made from recycled plastic, the latest step in its journey to make Lego products from sustainable materials. The new prototype, which uses PET plastic from discarded bottles, is the first brick made from a recycled material to meet the company’s strict quality and safety requirements...

VinylPlus unveils the next ten-year Voluntary Commitment for the European PVC industry

At the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) 2021 #Towards2030, VinylPlus officially launched VinylPlus 2030, the next 10-year Commitment of the European PVC industry to sustainable development. Through VinylPlus, the entire PVC value chain worked together with its stakeholders to build bottom-up the next Commitment...

Closed-loop recycling pilot project for single-use facemasks

Fraunhofer Institute Umsicht, SABIC and Procter & Gamble announced their collaboration in an innovative circular economy pilot project which aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling of single-use facemasks. Due to Covid-19, use of billions of disposable facemasks is raising environmental...

EuPC's criticisms of the SUP directive guidelines

Single-Use Plastics directive guidelines are a long list of inconsistencies and questions left unanswer. This is the criticism that EuPC, the European association of plastics converters, moves to the provision of the European Commission which will come into force shortly. With almost one year of delay on the timetable set by the Singe-Use Plastics directive, the...

VinylPlus: 20 years of progress towards circular PVC

At the completion of its second 10-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development, the European PVC industry takes stock of its achievements and looks ahead to 2030. Among the main results, which are summarised in the VinylPlus Progress Report 2021 published on May 17, the continuous development of collection and recycling...

Mattel launches "PlayBack": new toys from recycling of old toys

Mattel announced the launch of Mattel "PlayBack", a toy takeback program that will enable families to extend the life of their plastics Mattel toys once they are finished playing with them. The new program is designed to recover and reuse materials from old Mattel toys for future Mattel products, and supports the company’s goal to achieve...

PolyREC created to report on Europe’s plastics circularity

Petcore Europe, PlasticsEurope, Plastics Recyclers Europe, and VinylPlus have mutually agreed to join forces to form the organisation PolyREC. PolyREC will monitor, verify, and report their plastics recycling and uptake data in Europe. This will be achieved by using a common data collection system - RecoTrace. PolyREC will ensure traceability...

The first time in Lossburg: the Arburg Sustainability Report

For the first time worldwide, Arburg is providing information in its new Sustainability Report on how sustainably the company acts and operates in all relevant areas over the long term. The Sustainability Report 2020, with its many info graphics, provides a clear summary of what Arburg is doing not only to protect the environment and conserve...

Versalis has obtained ISCC Plus certification for production from bionaphtha and chemical recycling

Versalis, Eni's chemical company, has obtained ISCC Plus certification for monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers produced with sustainable raw materials, from bionaphtha and chemical recycling, at the Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna (all in Italy) plants. This represents an important step towards...

Avery Dennison launches label-liner recycling program in Europe

As part of its ongoing efforts to help establish a circular economy, Avery Dennison today announced the launch of AD Circular, a comprehensive program providing recycling of used paper and filmic label liners in countries across Europe. Through the program, companies can simply use an online web application to schedule a...

RecoTrace: advanced data system for circular PVC

Data collection system to monitor, verify, and report PVC recycling and uptake in Europe, RecoTrace builds upon Recovinyl’s 18 years’ experience of collecting credible recycling data. The PVC industry’s commitment to report reliable data, has made Recovinyl the industry standard for data reporting. In 2019, Recovinyl recorded a total of...