European Union: Trade in Recyclable Raw Materials

In 2018, exports from the EU member states to non-EU countries amounted to 36.8 million tons. According to the statistical figures of Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), this volume represented an increase of 69 percent compared with the end of 2004. The value of these exported recyclable materials, which included plastics, paper […]

Orkel’s Aim: “Waste is a resource, do not waste it, bale it!”

In general, circular economy, waste to energy and zero waste goals are not merely fancy concepts, but concepts that need to be urgently implemented worldwide. The company Orkel, based in Norway, has tackled those issues and thus developed the Orkel Compaction Technology to deliver innovative solutions to the waste management Industry. Therefore, the Hi-X Compactor […]

Molinari Installed its Biggest Shredder for Tires in Europe

It was set up in one of the principal plants for ELT in the north of Italy, within an important expansion program. This time Molinari played at home and was ready to install its biggest shredder of 46 tons in one of the most important Italian realities concretely active in the green economy. The machine […]

Panizzolo Recycling: End of Waste Treatment for Armored Cable (SWA)

At the end of its cycle, the armored cable becomes a tricky waste to be introduced into the recycling system. The classic plants are not designed to process this kind of waste. Unlike normal electric cables, there is an iron foil under the sheath, while the central part can be made of copper or aluminum. […]

Cooperation Secures Plastic Waste for Fuel Production

Norwegian companies Quantafuel and Geminor have entered a cooperation agreement to secure deliveries of plastic waste to Quantafuel’s plants for fuel production. Since 2007 energy firm Quantafuel AS has developed and tested its own patented catalyst solution that converts plastic waste into low emission fuels and products for the petrochemical industry, a press release said. […]

French-Singaporean Cooperation on E-Waste

In March, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA – Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) launched a research center to develop innovative e-waste recycling technologies. The new center – named the NTU Singapore-CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (NTU SCARCE) – will focus […]

Handling Batteries from Hybrid and Electric Cars

The Dutch company ARN Recycling exists since 1995 and is mainly involved in the recycling of vehicles. However, since 2008 and due to the introduction of new regulations that came along with the “Battery Management Decree (Bbb)” – which addressed the management of batteries – the firm from the Netherlands is also highly engaged in […]

Ways to Liberate the Valuable Metals

Should scrap merchants be paying greater attention to e-waste recycling? ‘A throwaway society’ is one of the primary reasons why countries worldwide now face a mounting e-scrap (or WEEE – Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) problem. In fact, the global magnitude of the issue is driving ongoing legislative changes with increasingly tricky targets to meet. […]

Recyclable Fiber Is Finalist for Belgian Innovation Award

Belgian producer of polyolefin fibers Beaulieu Fibres International was nominated for the 2019 essenscia Innovation Award, the most prestigious prize for industrial innovation in Belgium. The company was named for its recently introduced UltraBond fiber. Formally introduced in early 2019, it is a patented polyolefin bonding staple fiber “that eliminates the need for latex or […]

End-of-life Tires as an Alternative Fuel

According to Tana Oy, a Finnish manufacturer of landfill compactors, waste shredders and waste screening technologies, the future for tire-derived fuel (TDF) looks good. This alternative fuel made from end-of-life tires presents a cost-efficient alternative for fossil fuels and can increase the profits of cement manufacturers, the company said. “Due to rapid urbanization, there is […]

Enviro’s rCB Reduces CO2 Emissions by Over 79 Percent – Better Than Earlier Estimates

Enviro’s recovered carbon black is demonstrably a good environmental choice, according to a new life-cycle analysis (LCA) from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. Recovered carbon black leads to CO2eq emissions that are 79-84 percent lower than the emissions from the production of virgin carbon black – a figure considerably better than earlier estimates of […]

Recycled Construction Waste in Europe

The European construction industry is working towards producing high-quality materials from recycled waste, enhancing the sector’s sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. In the southern Belgian province of Namur, concrete and bricks from demolished buildings are being turned into eco-friendly road surfaces. A local company recycles 180,000 tons of concrete, tarmac, sand and mixed soils […]

The Swiss Example: Using Recycled Concrete

Reaching for the sky with construction and demolition waste recycling: A report, provided by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (a network of over 1,500 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future), on a study visit in Zurich. Construction and demolition waste (CDW) is one of the largest waste streams in the […]

The Future for E-Waste Could be Bright

A plea for the circular economy by the E-waste coalition, a group of seven UN entities that have come together to increase cooperation and more efficiently provide support to Member States and Parties to address the e-waste challenge. According to the report “A New Circular Vision for Electronics – Time for a Global Reboot”, published […]

European Recyclers’ Strategy on Technical Plastic Parts

Engineering plastics today are the third most widely used material, after packaging and building and construction applications and represent 16 percent of the total EU demand. According to the association Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), engineering plastics are extensively employed in both the automotive and the electrical & electronic (E&E) sectors as they are lighter, more […]