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Group attempts to turn plastic waste into a useful soil additive

Researchers from University of California, Riverside, have detailed a method to convert plastic waste into a highly porous form of charcoal or char that...

Recycled gold from SIM cards could help make drugs more sustainable

A new study looks at the use of gold extracted from electronic waste as catalysts for reactions that could be applied to making medicines. Re-using...

Breakthrough technology for lithium manufacture

As global effort to fight climate change intensifies, the challenge for battery manufacturers and their supply chains is to find ways to meet the...

Starch yields wearable electronics material that can be recycled

Soft, wearable sensors have many useful applications, but the soft and stretchable electronic materials underlying them are nearly impossible to recycle. This electronic waste...

Roadmap for space sustainability launched at event in Bremen

A roadmap outlining a sustainability strategy for the space sector in Scotland - and offering a potential blueprint for technology developers in other regions...

Sensor-based sorting key to UK’s first picker-less C&I MRF

Essex-based waste management and recycling solutions provider, Green Recycling, has achieved its goal of becoming the UK’s first picker-less C&I MRF with the help...

750,000 tonnes of household plastic packaging goes uncaptured

Plastic resource efficiency and recycling charity RECOUP estimates that 750,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic packaging is not currently collected for recycling, in its new...

Chemicals could undercut a global plastics treaty

Plastics are complex materials. A recent study has identified more than 10,000 chemical substances that may have been used in plastic production, resulting in...

New European packaging waste regulations must be ‘by material’ says glass industry group

The European container glass industry has cautiously welcomed the European Commission’s declared ambition to promote effective recyclability and reuse of packaging, as outlined in...

WRAP updates voluntary agreements, outlining circularity vision for food, plastic and textiles

We will not tackle the climate crisis without changing our consumption systems, says group, whose voluntary agreements aim to lead industry response Climate action NGO...

WRAP: huge lack of consistency in circular economy pledges in NDCs

Climate action NGO WRAP says details of circular economy pledges made in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are wildly inconsistent and range from undefined to...

An offer of ‘kelp’: Recycling marine waste from inactive oil platforms

Seaweed and algae brought to shore during decommissioning used for fish and animal feeds In what's described as a global first, marine growth found on...

£400m to be invested in UK plastic recycling facilities

  A new partnership may pave the way for more than £400 million to be invested in recycling facilities across the UK. Renewable and alternative energy...

Plastic processing bottleneck

There is a bottleneck in the UK's recycling infrastructure for plastic recycling, according to the latest report from plastics resource efficiency and recycling charity RECOUP.

World needs ambitious target of 0% new plastic waste by 2040

The United Nations is being urged to make a bold pledge and set a target of zero for new plastic pollution by 2040 in...

Waste crime will not be solved by banning plastic exports, says recycling trade association

The Recycling Association has warned that waste crime will continue to happen, even if exports of plastics for recycling are banned. MPs on the Environment,...

Report identifies bottleneck in UK plastic recycling infrastructure

Plastics resource efficiency and recycling charity RECOUP has published its 2022 UK Plastic Packaging Sorting & Reprocessing Infrastructure report, which reported that there is...

Turning facemasks into Ethernet cables

Swansea University academics have developed a process which converts the carbon found in discarded facemasks to create high-quality single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) which are...

How to achieve the three R’s with bearings

Alan Stewart of bearings distributor Rubix writes Used in every conceivable manufacturing application, bearings keep production rolling by transferring motion and transmitting forces. Individual bearings...

The circular city in 2040 cuts today’s energy needs by 75 percent, says consultancy

Engineering and architectural consultancy Sweco has produced calculations seemingly showing that, with circular urban planning, future cities can save as much as 75 percent...