The Chinese blockage in the global waste disposal system

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The Bureau of International Recycling China estimates that China last year imported 7.3 million tonnes of plastic scrap from Europe, Japan and USA, and 27 million tonnes of waste paper. … One answer to tackling the global oversupply of low quality waste is the development of new technologies. Recycling Technologies has developed a method of recycling the most unappetising mix …

Recycling Technologies’ Adrian Griffiths attended RECOUP Annual Conference

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Consumer and producer responsibility, increasing quality and quantity of collected material, creating demand through recycled content and innovative thinking were all part of the discussion for the record numbers attending the RECOUP annual conference. Alongside this, new editions of the RECOUP Recyclability by Design and UK Household Plastics Collection Survey were also launched. Read the full article here. This article …

Turning the Tide on Waste Plastic

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The predictions for plastic waste are bleak. According to ‘The New Plastics Economy’ published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans. Ravish Jain, Commercial Operations Manager, Recycling Technologies, attended the Unreasonable Impact World Forum to outline a solution to the global challenge of plastic …

Plastic Footprints In The Thames

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Highlighting our human influence on the world’s rivers, oceans and waterways is central to Maria Arceo’s art and fascination with oceanography. Her work is thought provoking and informed by extensive research and collaboration with scientists and environmentalists. Now, commissioned by Totally Thames, a new installation by Maria has just opened at Trinity Buoy Wharf’s art centre and is touring to draw …

Plastic Back To Oil

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“RT7000. This is the name of the machine invented by the British company Recycling Technologies. The machine uses a chemical recycling process to turn petroleum based plastics into an oil called Plaxx. RT7000 is able to process and recycle 7,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year.” Recycling Technologies was featured on a blog about the possibilities of living circular. Read the …

Plastic’s future in the spotlight at Warsaw conference

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“The year 2017 has brought rapid changes to the plastic recycling sector, causing it the be the topic of discussion at a session at the 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe. In a session called Plastic’s Bright Future (and Dark Cloud) on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 8, four different speakers offer their perspectives on plastic’s continued growth as a …

‘The Best Way To Predict Your Future Is To Create It’

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“The best way to predict your future is to create it”. This quote from Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, gives a nod to the problematic issue of predicting the future. Some things in life are easy to agree about, others just seem to gender ire whenever discussed: Energy from Waste and its future appears to be one …

Who Is Blaming Whom?

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In my last blog, I shared my surprise at finding out that less than 10% of the wonder material, plastic, is recycled each year. I lined up alongside many others to contemplate with alarm the possibility that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050! I’m keen to discuss what can be done to make sure this dire prediction …