Plastic Waste Circular Economy 24-07-2021

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-ALPLA backing biodegradable materials

ALPLA has acquired a stake in the Slovakian company Panara, which is focusing on the development of fully bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Packaging converter ALPLA Group is stepping up its activity in field of sustainable raw materials with the acquisition of a “significant minority share” in Slovak company Panara, a producer of fully bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

ALPLA chairman Günther Lehner, who is responsible for sustainability, circular economy, technology development and innovation, said: “Panara has a lot of experience in the area of bio-based plastics. In acquiring a stake in the company and partnering with Panara, we want to leverage this expertise and make the transfer of knowledge possible for our applications and customers.”

Panara has been conducting research in the area of biopolymers since 2006. This involves partnering with the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and the Centre for Applied Research of Environmentally Friendly Polymeric Materials in Nitra. Just recently, the company introduced a bioplastics to the market under the brand name Nonoilen, which the company says is made entirely using renewable resources, is recyclable and can be completely industrially composted at the end of its life cycle. The material is also temperature-resistant and stable.

ALPLA backing biodegradable materials

-Lukoil begins construction of a polypropylene plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region

Lukoil, the second largest oil company in Russia, has begun construction of a polypropylene (PP) production complex at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery in the city of Kstovo, the company said.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

It is noted that the complex will become the largest polypropylene production facility in Russia integrated into an oil refinery. The raw material for polypropylene production at Lukoil’s Nizhny Novgorod site will be propylene from two modernized catalytic cracking units with a capacity of 4 million tons per year. After putting the complex into operation, the enterprise will be able to produce about 500 thousand tons of polypropylene grades.

In May, it was reported that Lukoil is still studying the prospects for the construction of a polypropylene production complex at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery and may make a final decision in 2022.

Earlier it was reported that Lukoil selected Lummus Technology’s Novolen polypropylene (PP) technology for its previously announced new petrochemical plant in Kstovo, Russia. Lummus received a contract from a Russian oil company for the supply of a technological license for a polypropylene plant with a capacity of 500 thousand tons per year, as well as for basic engineering, training, services and the supply of catalysts.

Lukoil begins construction of a polypropylene plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region

-DOMO’s ECONAMID® sustainable polyamide – now even more eco-friendly

  • Cabot Corporation’s black masterbatch TECHBLAK™ based on recycled polymers now used in all ECONAMID® formulations
  • DOMO is a leader in sustainable polyamide solutions
  • New products help the push towards a plastic’s circular economy

DOMO Chemicals, a leader in sustainable polyamide solutions, has begun using a new sustainable black masterbatch based on recycled material to complement the recycled base polymer in its ECONAMID® brand of sustainable polyamides. ECONAMID®, based on recycled industrial waste, is a benchmark in the industry when it comes to performance level and quality consistency, lot after lot.

The new ingredient is Cabot Corporation’s TECHBLAK™ PE1003 black masterbatch. This uses a post-industrial recycled PE carrier as an alternative to virgin polymer, with similar mechanical processing characteristics. TECHBLAK™ PE1003 black masterbatch has been developed for standard compounding and is specifically designed to help the industry lower its carbon footprint, as well as increase the amount of recycled content in end products.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

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-Surge in demand for spunlace nonwovens

The elevated consumption of disinfecting wipes due to COVID-19, and plastics-free demand from governments and consumers and growth in industrial wipes are creating high demand for spunlace nonwoven materials through 2026, according to new research from Smithers.

The report by veteran Smithers author Phil Mango, The Future of Spunlace Nonwovens through 2026, sees increasing global demand for sustainable nonwovens, of which spunlace is a major contributor.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The largest end use for spunlace nonwovens by far is wipes; the pandemic-related surge in disinfecting wipes even increased this. In 2021, wipes account for 64.7% of all spunlace consumption in tonnes. The global consumption of spunlace nonwovens in 2021 is 1.6 million tonnes or 39.6 billion m2, valued at US$7.8 billion. Growth rates for 2021–26 are forecast at 9.1% (tonnes), 8.1% (m2), and 9.1% ($), the Smithers’ study reports. The most common type of spunlace is the standard card-card spunlace, which is 2021 accounts for about 76.0% of all spunlace volume consumed.

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-Government debt up to 100.5% of GDP in euro area

Up to 92.9% of GDP in EU

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, still largely impacted by policy measures to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and recovery measures, which continued to materialise in increased financing needs, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area exceeded 100% for the first time – the ratio stood at 100.5%, compared with 97.8% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

In the EU, the ratio increased from 90.5% to 92.9%. Compared with the first quarter of 2020, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 86.1% to 100.5%) and the EU (from 79.2% to 92.9%).

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, debt securities accounted for 82.6% of euro area and for 82.2% of EU general government debt. Loans made up 14.2% and 14.7% respectively and currency and deposits represented 3.2% of euro area and 3.1% of EU government debt. Due to the involvement of EU Member States’ governments in financial assistance to certain Member States, quarterly data on intergovernmental lending (IGL) are also published.

The share of IGL as percentage of GDP at the end of the first quarter of 2021 accounted for 2.0% in the euro area and to 1.7% in the EU

Government debt up to 100.5% of GDP in euro area

-Danish project aims to strengthen household plastic waste recycling

Denmark-based Schela Plast, which was recently acquired by Robinson, is working on a new project to improve recycling technology with the aim of recycling more plastic waste.Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Working alongside the Danish Technological Institute, Project Manager Sofie Kastbjerg confirmed that Denmark is well-known for its ability to collect plastic packaging from households, but conceded that only a small amount is turned back into products of the same quality. “The Et MUDP project,” Kastbjerg said, “supported by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, must now pave the way for more plastic recycling to be made circular. Too much plastic waste is downcycled into products of lower quality than the original, and this will not work if we are to achieve the ambition of a circular economy for household plastic. Therefore, we must become good at maintaining the original quality of the plastic when it is reprocessed for subsequent recycling.”

In this project, the partners want to optimise the current reprocessing technology so that it becomes possible to reduce the number of undesirable substances in the waste stream. This will pave the way for an up-cycling of the mixed plastic to create new applications. Plasticwaste Circulareconomy PETbottle

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-Sorema-Previero Installs Several Recycling Lines Remotely During the Pandemic

The PET bottle-to-bottle washing and recycling lines experienced a smooth start-up.

Plastics recycling machinery supplier Sorema-Previero has recently sold several turnkey lines to increase PET flakes production capacity in Latin America. These lines have an output range between 2,000 kg/h and 9,000kg/h of PET washed and re-granulated flakes, starting from post-consumer bottles collection.

The line for PET bottles includes the following sections: automatic feeding, prewashing, de-labeling, wet grinding, hot washing, rinsing with flotation and drying. Bottles and flakes detectors’ for material and for colors are also incorporated in the lines, all under a single Sorema supervisor system SCADA, for an efficient local and remote control. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Sorema-Previero also offers the possibility to integrate in the line a wastewater treatment plant.

The company delivered the equipment to customers in early 2020, but due to the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the following travel restrictions, it became impossible for Sorema to send its engineers to customers’ facility for the installation and the commissioning of the line.

Sorema reacted quickly, promptly allocating a specific team of skilled and experienced personnel, who developed a dedicated working program to remotely control all the installation activities of machineries and utilities connections at client sites.

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-New MSW and organics recycling facility in Santa Barbara to boost diversion rate by 60 percent

County officials, staff, engineers and contractors gathered at the Tajiguas landfill in Santa Barbara, CA for the grand opening of the County’s new recycling and waste management facility. The ReSource Center will allow the county to truck in and process its own waste, turning it into recyclables and renewable energy rather than sending it to landfill.

The facility will boost the county’s diversion rate by 60 percent, to a total diversion rate of 85 percent. Drastically reducing the amount of material buried will help extend the life of the landfill by a decade (the landfill was previously projected to reach capacity in the next few years). Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The ReSource Center will accept solid waste from the South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley areas of Santa Barbara County, including the unincorporated communities of these areas as well as the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, and Buellton.

The ReSource Center brings in 600-700 tons of waste per day and around 150-180 tons of recyclables. Its massive state-of-the-art sorting facility sorts through the waste and separates it by size, weight, density, and composition.

The MRF equipment was supplied by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions of Norwalk, CT and includes size reducers for liberating bags, 3D trommels, anti-wrapping screens, air density separators, elliptical separators, 11 optical sorters to identify recyclables by composition, and a high-capacity baler from Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions.

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-San Miguel Industrias PET SA Commences Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for any and all of the 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes Due 2022

San Miguel Industrias PET SA announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Company’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated July 20, 2021, for any and all of the outstanding 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2022 in respect of which SMI and NG Packaging & Recycling Corporation Holdings S.A. are co-obligors. Capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein have the meaning given to them in the Statement. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

The Company is also soliciting consents (the “Solicitation”) to certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the Notes to, among other things, eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain events of default, as well as to reduce the minimum notice period required for optional redemptions of the Notes to three days on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Statement.

San Miguel Industrias PET SA Commences Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for any and all of the 4.500% Senior Guaranteed Notes Due 2022

-Procter & Gamble Announces First Paper Bottle Pilot

P&G has unveiled its first paper bottle for Lenor in partnership with paper bottle company Paboco, announcing a pilot for Western Europe in 2022. The trial rollout will form the basis of a test-and-learn strategy to scale up paper packaging and incorporate it more widely across P&G’s portfolio.

P&G Fabric & Home Care with its brands including Ariel, Lenor, Tide, Downy, Fairy, and Cascade is committed to reducing plastics in its packaging. As part of its 2030 Ambition, P&G aims to reduce its use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030. Fabric Care Europe has additionally committed to a 30% absolute plastics reduction by 2025 and to design for 100% recyclability by 2022. Home Care is committed to use no virgin plastics by 2025. Plastic Waste Circular Economy 

Procter & Gamble Announces First Paper Bottle Pilot

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