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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...

Reuse hub for lighting launches

Lighting and circularity expert Recolight has launched the Recolight Reuse Hub, described as a new digital marketplace for lighting: an online platform to facilitate...

Investigating pyrolysis for reclaiming carbon fibres from composite waste

Recent research at Dooshisha University in Japan highlights the potential use of pyrolysis to recover carbon fibres from composites Minimizing energy consumption is a fundamental...

First standardised approach to Materials Passports launched

Engineering and environmental consultancy Waterman Group has launched its Materials Passports Framework which it says sets a clear pathway to unlocking the barriers to...

Turmec converts recyclables into high quality resources

This article contains paid for content produced in collaboration with Turmec. Turmec writes: Turmec, headquartered in Co Meath, Ireland, has established itself as a leader...

First nationwide DDRS trial: 20,000 cash rewards redeemed by Ocado Retail customers

Over 20,000 cash rewards have been redeemed by consumers as part of the first nationwide digital deposit return scheme (DDRS) trial led by recycling...