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Austrian plastic packaging and recycling specialist Alpla Group has unveiled what it says is the world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET. It switched its PET recycling plants in Wöllersdorf, Austria, and Radomsko, Poland, to a mix of electricity from renewable sources in order to produce carbon-neutral rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).
“This step has already had a big impact on the carbon footprint of our food-grade regranulate – according to the calculations, emissions are cut by up to 90% compared with virgin material,” explains Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at Alpla.
The company is now offering its customers carbon-neutral rPET based on the purchase of certificates. The remaining, unavoidable emissions relating, for example, to delivery of the input material to the plants, are then offset with carbon certificates.
Hurricane-hit US production driving up S Asia prices
Festive season supporting domestic demand
Markets will take time to rebalance: sources
New Delhi — Prices of film-grade high density polyethylene in South Asia hit their highest level in 15 months at $995/mt CFR on Oct. 21, as buyers scouted for cargoes in an increasingly tight spot market, S&P Global Platts data showed.
Register Now The bull run in the market is supported by strong demand during India’s festive season, and supply tightness, largely driven by reduced availability from the US Gulf Coast, where production and sales have been disrupted following the September landfall of Hurricane Laura. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“For HPDE film, buying interest is there but there is hardly any material available. People are trying to scout around for international offers. New offers will come by month-end with firm indications,” one of the local sources from India said Wednesday.
Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and Anglo-Dutch multinational oil/gas company Shell are jointly studying the feasibility of chemically recycling plastic waste in Singapore. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The study will look into waste segregation facilities and plastic pyrolysis plants to recycle Singapore’s plastic waste. Pyrolysis is a chemical process to convert plastic waste into higher-value products such as pyrolysis oil, which can be upgraded as feedstock to manufacture plastics and chemicals.
“Chemical recycling will enable the recycling of contaminated plastics that are recovered from our general waste. This feasibility study is part of NEA’s efforts to develop our local plastic recycling capabilities, improve our plastic recycling rates and enhance the resilience of our overall waste management infrastructure.
Europe styrene spot prices have risen since the start of the month, on higher prices in Asia where demand has jumped after China prices surged after the National Day Golden Week holiday.
Europe spot prices rose by around 14% in the past few weeks, with current month spot prices averaging at around $700/tonne or more – a level that was temporarily reached in mid-July, before falling again. Prior to that, prices were well below that level after the slump in March.
The hike in Europe prices is almost entirely because of the increase in values in Asia after the 1-8 October holiday in China. Prices there have spiked on eased oversupply pressure and a bullish futures market.
Pactiv Evergreen has announced a new goal that by 2030, 100% of its products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials, said the company.
“Consumers and brands are increasingly looking for sustainable packaging solutions. Pactiv Evergreen is committed to meeting those market demands,” said John McGrath, the company’s CEO. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“We are nearly two-thirds of the way towards our goal based on 2019 net revenues, and in the next decade, we will work to achieve that 100% goal.”
The report further outlines a comprehensive sustainability strategy, which includes a new vision, mission and pillars that ground the company’s current and future initiatives.
Based on 2019 net revenues, Pactiv has reached nearly two-thirds of the goal, “and in the next decade, we will work to achieve that 100% goal”, McGrath added. In the report, the company also noted it decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in the last five years, and that about half of its annual energy consumption comes from renewable sources, including biomass, hydropower, wind and solar.
Materials manufacturer Röchling Automotive says it has patented a polylactide (PLA)-based biopolymer that consists of at least 90% renewable raw materials, called BioBoom. The company says the material offers an ecological and economical alternative to most conventional materials such as polyester (PC, PET, PBT) but also polystyrene (ABS), polyolefins (such as PP) and polyamides (PA6). Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“We want to support our customers in the development of environmentally friendly vehicles and thus help shape the transformation of the industry toward a sustainable one,” explained Hanns-Peter Knaebel, chairman of the board of management and CEO of Röchling Automotive. “With our bioplastics, we are bringing a sustainable solution to the market that originates from a completely self-controlled supply chain – from renewable resources to the automobile manufacturers.” Röchling Automotive has built up internal expertise in materials development over many years in cooperation with various partners.
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The aerospace industry is increasing its use of composite materials because of the advantages they offer in terms of weight reduction and strength. One of the drawbacks of these composite materials is the complexity of recycling them.
The SPARTA project
In response to this challenge, AIMPLAS is coordinating the SPARTA project, with the participation of TEKNIKER. Both centres will develop a new recycling method for key waste processing and reprocessing procedures. Specifically, TEKNIKER will contribute its knowledge and experience in mechanical cutting to the development and optimization of an innovative mechanical scrapping process, through simulation and experimentation, while AIMPLAS focuses on improving material reprocessing through automatic deposition and compression moulding.
Global spirits brand says the “world’s most eco-friendly spirits bottle” that biodegrades in 18 months will be on shelf by 2023 to replace 80 million plastic bottles.
Bacardí, the world’s largest family-owned spirits company unveiled plans October 21 to put the world’s most sustainable spirits bottle on shelf by 2023. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The new 100% biodegradable bottle will replace 80 million plastic bottles — 3,000 tons of plastic — currently produced by Bacardi across its portfolio of brands yearly.
Italy’s proposed €450/tonne tax on virgin plastic, which is due to come into effect on January 1 2021, may now be postponed until July, Italian website Polimerica said this week. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
It reported that the Council of Ministers met on Sunday 18 October to discuss the budget for the financial year 2021, and issued its plans via a release on Sunday evening.
The Italian press suggests that liberal political party Italia Viva requested that the plastics tax be postponed until July, otherwise it would not give its backing to a draft budgetary document. The postponement is most likely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has impacted economies across Europe.
Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, and Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque (CVA), a vertically integrated Italian operator with pure green production of hydroelectric, photovoltaic and wind power, have signed a collaboration agreement to create joint initiatives in green hydrogen and projects aimed at promoting the energy transition in Valle d’Aosta.
The agreement was signed by Snam’s Chief Executive Officer Marco Alverà and by Enrico De Girolamo, CEO of CVA. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The collaboration will allow the two companies to combine their skills to identify initiatives to facilitate the decarbonisation of industry and transport, through the use of green hydrogen, as well as the broader energy sector in the region.
Zing Zang has completed the transition to plastic featuring 25 percent post-recycled content bottle and CleanFlake technology from Avery Dennison
US-based manufacturer of drink mixers Zing Zang has completed the transition of its 32-ounce Bloody Mary mix bottle from glass to plastic featuring 25 percent post-recycled content and CleanFlake technology from Avery Dennison.
The decision to transition from glass to lightweight, unbreakable plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) provides Zing Zang customers with enhanced portability and durability while lowering the company’s packaging cost. With CleanFlake technology, the label separates cleanly from the bottle during the recycling process, enabling the recycled plastic to be used in new food-grade containers. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
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