China’s plastic waste ban may force FMCG firms to cut downstream packaging waste

China's plastic waste ban may force FMCG firms to make downstream packaging waste a key issue, says GlobalData China’s decision to stop importing recyclable plastic waste in January 2018 has left the world with little choice but to landfill recyclables for which no market now exists. The move, which is part of an initiative by China to focus on … [Read more...]

Back Market raises $48 Million to create a global leader in the fast-growing refurbished electronic device market

Another sign of the growing circular economy is the growth of refurbished goods markets - in this case, refurbished electronic devices. Funding provided by Groupe Arnault, Eurazeo, Aglaé Ventures and Daphni brings total investment in company to $55 million to expand global footprint, including North American launch. The three-year-old French … [Read more...]

APR Recycling Demand Champions Program Announces New Companies and Applications for Recycled Resin

One participant plans to replace 250,000 wooden pallets with a like amount of PCR (post-consumer resin) pallets The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry is continuing its efforts to increase the demand for recycled resin and improve the recycling rate … [Read more...]

Composite Pallet Blocks for Europallets and Other Pallets

The use of composite pallet blocks for Europallets and other pallets has become a popular choice in Europe, as pockets of emerging interest also take shape in the U.S. Composite blocks provide an example of how wood recycling can create an important upcycled product. Composite blocks used in automated pallet production at PKF/Post. Photo … [Read more...]

Central ShopRite Makes Recycling Clean and Engaging for Customers

  Michigan, USA - For third-generation grocery store owner, James Haines, the grocery business has been a passion and a privilege. As an owner of Central ShopRite for the last 23 years, he has seen what works in his business and what needs improvements. When it comes to container recycling, James has done his share of hand-sorting and packing … [Read more...]

ISRI Statement on China’s Intent to Ban Most Plastic Scrap Imports

China has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end, according to an announcement of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Among the items included on the list are most scrap plastics (“including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET…”), mixed … [Read more...]

The Corrugated Industry Extends Its Record of Environmental Progress

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) has released a new U.S. corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA), which shows the corrugated industry’s environmental progress. The full LCA is available for download here: http://www.corrugated.org/?l=lca “The LCA results demonstrate the efforts our mills and converting facilities are making to … [Read more...]

Recycling Industry Adopts Position on Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic Packaging

The recycling industry issues a policy position on the use of degradable plastic packaging, which continues to generate confusion in the marketplace. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors recently passed a series of changes to its policy positions, as well as a new policy on degradable additives in plastics … [Read more...]

Transforming last night’s leftovers into green energy…in days

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell University-led study. “Food waste should have a high value. We’re treating it as a resource, and we’re making marketable products out of it,” said lead … [Read more...]

Latin American pickers: planting the seeds for ‘grassroots’ recycling

Report from The Economist underscores the need for integrated approaches to recycling that incorporate grassroots recycling efforts by pickers. São Paulo, the City of Buenos Aires and Bogotá have the best environments for “grassroots” recycling, where people in need collect plastic bottles and other recyclables to earn income A long road … [Read more...]