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A bright idea for recycling rare-earth phosphors from used fluorescent bulbs

Recycling facilities collect glass and mercury from thrown away fluorescent bulbs, but discarded lighting could also supply rare-earth metals for reuse. The 17 metals...

White paper presents circular value chain solutions for textiles

Recycling equipment manufacturer TOMRA has published a new white paper titled ‘Transforming Textiles: 4 Key Beliefs to Enable Textiles Circularity’. The paper addresses the...

Carton Ready campaign to support Simpler Recycling reforms in England

There are challenges to surmount when it comes to achieving circularity for cartons, but a trade group for the sector, the Alliance for Beverage...

Ireland deposit return scheme built on cloud infrastructure

On 1 February Ireland became the 15th European country to introduce a Deposit Return System (DRS) for single-use beverage packaging, with the system aiming...

Growth in UK plastic packaging recycling being shipped abroad, including to non-OECD countries

By Tom McBeth, Policy & Infrastructure Manager with plastics resource efficiency group RECOUP New data reveals an increase in the amount of plastic exported for...
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As cities and systems scale up, does waste scale accordingly?

A recent study attempts to predict the future state of urban ecosystems, and suggests the need for a new science of waste. Living systems have...

Trials identify “five key ingredients to successful reuse systems”

The impact and learnings from six reuse projects, funded by over £1.4 million from the Bring It Back Fund are published in a new...

Plasma gasification produces hydrogen-rich syngas from surgical masks

Events of recent years have obviously seen thousands of tons of used surgical masks dumped every month without a real vision of how to...

New trial aims to make paper from agricultural waste

A new trial aims to create paper-based packaging from ‘second harvest’ materials. According to one of the firms involved - DS Smith - second...

Study pinpoints pathways to boost plastic waste recycling globally

A new study highlights potential pathways to significantly increase waste collection and plastic recycling rates globally. The Plastic Waste Management Framework lays out a...

NIR test programme reveals factors influencing sorting flexible packaging materials

A major international collaboration to provide independent, scientific data linked to design, sortability and mechanical recyclability of flexible packaging has published its first report...

Household plastic packaging collection drops for first time, says RECOUP

Plastic packaging use and plastic packaging collection quantities have dropped for the first time in RECOUP's annual UK Household Plastic Packaging Collection Survey. The plastic...

Upcycling of materials should be the priority for EV batteries

Researchers have demonstrated a method to upcycle end-of-life battery waste into materials that can be used for ‘next generation’ battery cathodes. And the group...

China is leading the race to recycle batteries

China is ahead of Europe and the US in using recycling to meet its needs for lithium, cobalt and nickel for batteries for electric...

Industrial servicing and circularity: New guide

Circular economics is going to be a key focus for global businesses in 2024, according to  Stuart Thompson, President of ABB Electrification Service (a...

Simpler Recycling won’t boost recycling rates says North London waste authority

Recycling efforts by north London’s two million residents will not be significantly boosted by the new Simpler Recycling proposals, the North London Waste Authority...

Romania launches “world’s largest centralized DRS”

Romania has launched a centralized Deposit Return System with almost 80,000 collection points, said to be the world’s largest. The East European nation joins...

Drilling down to details

Geothermal energy plants could address all of the UK's heating requirements, according to a number of estimates.1 Whatever the reality of such claims, the...

Comment: sizing up the opportunity for European circular start-ups

By Jan Patrick Schulz, CEO of Landbell and initiator of Europe's largest Circular Economy Prize, the Green Alley Award. Europe has long been a welcoming...
Waste sorting at a recycling plant in Sterlitamak, Russia, in 2019. Image: Shutterstock.com/Vitaly Fedotov

EPR schemes will harm recycling sector if not designed correctly, says industry group

EPR schemes must be designed in such a way that they do not disrupt existing efficient markets, otherwise they will do more harm than...