Fluorescent Markers Poised to Address Sorting Challenges

A recent Greenpeace report claiming that some US companies are incorrectly labeling plastic products as recyclable reinforces the urgent need for improved sorting and identification solutions. As the report points out, many MRFs (Materials Recovery Facility) only accept PET and HDPE due to insufficient processing capabilities, a situation for which there now is a ground-breaking […]

PUR-Recycling towards a Smart Circular Economy

The European PUReSmart project, which started in January 2019 and will end in December 2022, explores new methods, technologies and approaches in order to transform polyurethane (PU) into a circular material. The project consortium consists of nine partners and develops smart sorting technologies to separate a diverse range of PU materials into dedicated feedstocks; these […]

Indonesia’s Multistakeholder Action Plan

In April this year the national strategy document “Radically Reducing Plastic Pollution in Indonesia: A Multistakeholder Action Plan” was published. As reported by World Economic Forum, the plan lays out an evidence-based roadmap towards reducing the amount of plastic leakage into the country’s coastal waters by 70 percent by 2025, as well as achieving near-zero […]

Decreasing Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Presents Opportunities

The Irish company Research and Markets has added the report “Global Battery Recycling Market 2020-2028” to its offering. According to the analysis, this global market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.10 percent from 2020 to 2028. It is boosted by increasing concerns among countries on battery waste disposal […]

The Global Metal Recycling Market

The rising demand for recycled metals in automotives along with the building and construction sector are driving the purchase interest, says market research and consulting company Reports and Data. The global metal recycling market is forecast to grow at a rate of 7.0 percent – in terms of value – from 2020 to reach 86.11 […]

After the Covid-19 Pandemic: Visions for Economic Recovery

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated communities and economies around the world through the global decline in demand, disruptions in value chains and a deterioration in financial conditions. Governments around the world are taking measures to cope with the economic damage. The most frequently mentioned way to do this is sustainability and environmental protection. According to […]

BIR’s Global eForum: Business Activity despite the Virus

The lockdown and the social distance requirements because of the coronavirus pandemic had prevented the BIR convention in Istanbul in May – but the Bureau of International Recycling has found a solution. To inform its members about the latest developments, the global eForum was created. The series of online webinars ran from June 3 to […]

Pharmaceutical Waste Mana­ge­ment Market

According to a report published by Fior Markets, the global pharmaceutical waste management market is expected to grow from 1.19 billion US-Dollar in 2017 to 1.98 billion US-Dollar by 2025 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.11 percent during the forecast period 2018-2025. Pharmaceutical waste management is a serious issue worldwide, the US-based […]

Paper Filter from Algae for Water Treatment

The problem of access to safe drinking water in most parts of Bangladesh is a persistent challenge. However, scientists from Uppsala University, Sweden, and Dhaka University, Bangladesh, have found a solution. The team of scientists has shown that a locally growing and previously unexploited green macroalgae species – Pithophora algae (or “Shewla”) – could be […]

Recycled Glass: Outlook for Good Business Conditions

If one believes the market researchers’ forecasts, the global market for recycled glass will grow in the next years. According to a report, published by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com), the global recycled glass market was valued at 3.5 billion US-Dollar in 2017 and is projected to reach nearly 5.545 billion US-Dollar by 2025, growing at […]